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Tungsten Filament

Examination of an automotive lamp to determine the cause of premature rupture.

Courtesy of FRANCISCO RANGEL

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 932X
Detector: SE
Voltage: 10 kV
Vacuum: 1.6e-6 mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 320 μm
Working Distance: 37.4 mm
Spot: 3.1 nA

Silver Clusters - Invisible Worlds

Silver clusters deposited by thermal evaporation onto self-assembled polystyrene nano-spheres (900 nm). Inspect F SEM FEG @ Nanofacility Piemonte INRIM. Self-assembled polystyrene nanospheres are used as masks for thin films and materials nanostructuration on large area. Maybe the subject doesn't match the topics of this year, but surely the title fits.

Courtesy of Luca Boarino

Taken by Inspect microscope

Magnification: 50000x
Sample: Polystyrene and Silver on silicon wafer
Detector: SE
Voltage: 2 kV
Vacuum: .2 mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 2 µm
Working Distance: 10.2
Spot: 3

ZnO Nanowire Haystack

A haystack of ZnO Nanowires on Si substrate.

Courtesy of Peter Heß

Taken by Nova NanoSEM microscope

Magnification: 2500x
Sample: ZnO
Detector: ETD
Voltage: 5 kV
Vacuum: 0.00000536681 mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 120 μm
Working Distance: 5.1 mm
Spot: 2 nA

Platinum Oxide Concentric Rings

SEM top view of a Platinum oxide film deposited by atomic layer deposition. PtO2 transforms locally to metallic Platinum. The Pt-area extends each cycle of the ALD process concentrically.

Courtesy of Adrie Mackus

Taken by DualBeam microscope

Magnification: 100x
Sample: Platinum oxide on silicon oxide
Detector: SE
Voltage: 5 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 1.28 mm
Working Distance: 4.7 mm
Spot: 1.6 nA

MRSA Vs Macrophage

A mouse macrophage eating Staphylococcus aureus bacteria

Courtesy of FIDEL MADRAZO

Taken by Inspect microscope

Magnification: 12000
Sample: Cell and bacteria
Detector: EDT
Voltage: 25 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 24.9
Working Distance: 8.1 mm
Spot: 3.0

The invisible ancient ruins

I was having breakfast when I noticed some strange looking mold on the wood of the table where I was sitting. I was only expecting an amorphous surface when looking at the mold with the scanning electron microscope but those blue crystals on the image appeared … What are those strange crystals on the mold? They seem to be some ancient elven ruins from the micro world we cannot see with our eyes…

Courtesy of Mr. Marcos Rosado , Institut Catala de Nanociencia i Nanotecnologia

Taken by Magellan XHR SEM microscope

Magnification: 10000x
Sample: Mold on wood
Detector: vCD
Voltage: 2 kV (4kV Beam Deceleration)
Vacuum: ~10exp-5 Pa
Horizontal Field Width: 29.8 μm
Working Distance: 5.0 mm
Spot: 100 pA

Coral Growth

Inside a sheet of coralline algae.

Courtesy of John Perry

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Banana Starch

banana starch fixed in carbon tape and platinum coated.

Courtesy of Liz Dagostino

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 5,000x
Sample: banana starch
Detector: SE
Voltage: 2 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 59.7 μm
Working Distance: 10.2 mm
Spot: 2.0 nA

Alumina Membrane

Membrane of alumina

Courtesy of Thierry Thomasset

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 5000x
Detector: SE
Voltage: 20 kV
Vacuum: HiVac
Horizontal Field Width: 32 micrometers
Working Distance: 10 mm
Spot: 3 nA

FEI logo crash

Crystals of pyrite in clay, framboids and octohedra

Courtesy of Dr. jim buckman , Heriot-Watt University

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 12000
Sample: Pyrite in clay from North SEa reservoir sandstone
Detector: Mix BSE and LFD (40/60)
Voltage: 10 kV
Vacuum: 0.82 Torr
Horizontal Field Width: 17.3 um
Working Distance: 11.2 mm
Spot: 4

Chromium Hexacarbonyl Horns

Chromium hexacarbonyl vapour was carried by argon through a heated capillary and impinged onto silicon substrate. Due to the temperature of the capillary, the chromium hexacarbonyl dissociated upon impact and chemisorbed onto the surface - forming horns growing towards the axis of the capillary.

Courtesy of Mr. Mathias Henry , Georgia Institute of Technology

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 207x
Sample: silicon
Detector: SE
Voltage: 25 kV
Vacuum: 2e-5 torr
Horizontal Field Width: 500μm
Working Distance: 23.3
Spot: 3

Silver micro streams

Silver micro streams on crystalline silicon substrate obtained after dry etching of a thin silver film.

Courtesy of Tomas Tamulevicius

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 5,000x
Sample: dry etched thing silver film on silicon
Detector: SE-ETD
Voltage: 30 kV
Vacuum: High vacuum
Horizontal Field Width: 51.2 um
Working Distance: 8.6mm
Spot: 3.5

Copper Fibers

Copper fibers and fragments. Chemically precipitated.

Courtesy of wadah mahmoud

Taken by Inspect microscope

Magnification: 30,000x
Sample: copper thin wire
Detector: SE
Voltage: 10 kV
Working Distance: 13.4 mm
Spot: 2.5 nA

Three-chip stack PFIB section and image

PFIB section and image through three-chip stack exposing interconnecting TSV.

Courtesy of Fraunhofer-EMFT, Munich

Taken by Vion Plasma microscope

Calcium Carbonate Crystals

Calcium Carbonate Crystals

Courtesy of Gokhan ERDOGAN

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 4000x
Sample: Calcium Carbonate
Detector: TLD
Voltage: 3.0kV
Horizontal Field Width: 30.94μm
Working Distance: 6.4
Spot: 3.0

Penicillium Fungus of Bread

Penicillium fungus of bread

Courtesy of wadah mahmoud

Taken by Inspect microscope

Magnification: 1200x
Sample: eating bread
Detector: SE
Voltage: 2 kV
Working Distance: 15.3 mm
Spot: 3.0

Zinc Oxide

Zinc Oxide.

Courtesy of Mr. FRANCISCO RANGEL , MCTI/INT

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 4,831
Sample: Zinc oxide
Detector: Mix: SE plus BSE.
Voltage: 20 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 74.6
Working Distance: 17.5
Spot: 3.0

PFIB Section/Image

PFIB section and image through wafer-to-wafer bond region, exposing 4 µm diameter interconnecting spheres.

Courtesy of SINTEF

Taken by Vion Plasma microscope

Voltage: 30 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 51.2 μm

Cu(OH)2 nanowires

Cu(OH)2

Courtesy of Dr. Wei Luo , Oregon state university

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 5000X
Sample: Cu(OH)2 nanowires
Detector: se
Voltage: 10 kV
Vacuum: .3mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 25.6μm
Working Distance: 7mm
Spot: 3.0

Antifouling Paint

This cristal is the biocide of an antifouling painting

Courtesy of Mr. Nicolas GAYET , IFREMER

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 2035
Detector: SE
Voltage: 5kV
Horizontal Field Width: 147
Working Distance: 10.3mm
Spot: 4.0

Crystalline rainbow

Crystals of dyes adsorbed on the surface of a biopolymer after a process of water purification. One of the most common and undesirable contaminants in the wastewater are the dyes. They are highly visible, stable and difficult to biodegrade. For removal of such contaminants are commonly used adsorption techniques.

Courtesy of Dr. Maria Carbajo , UNIVERSIDAD DE EXTREMADURA

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 8000x
Sample: Crystals of dyes
Detector: SE
Voltage: 15 kV
Vacuum: 1e-4 Pa
Horizontal Field Width: 37 μm
Working Distance: 10.2 mm
Spot: 5.5

Torilis Arensis

Torilis arvensis is commonly known as Spreading Hedge Parsley. The plants grow up to 3 feet in height with tiny flowers clustered in small flat-topped umbels. T. arvensis fruit (schizocarp) measure 4-6mm and usually hold 2-4 individual seeds (mericarps). The schizocarp is covered with velco-like appendages which attach to clothing and fur allowing them to hitch a ride to new terrain.  This sample was air dried, mounted onto an aluminum stub and sputter coated with gold.  It was viewed on a Philips XL30 TMP SEM at 20 kV in the EM Lab of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UCDavis. The image was colorized using Adobe PhotoShop Elements 2.0 software. The image shows one of the seeds within the schizocarp and affords a better appreciation for their cunning hitch-hiking techniques. Note the various velco-like appendages. The more "thorny" limbs (tan) are found on the schizocarp while the blunt appendages are part of the mericarp. Pollen (yellow) can be seen on the flower surfaces (pink).

Courtesy of Pat Kysar

Taken by SEM microscope

Magnification: 400x
Sample: Torilis Arensis
Detector: SE
Working Distance: 30
Spot: 3

peeled wood

Gelatin dissolved in NaCl dried in vacuum oven

Courtesy of Ms. rula al buqain , university of jordan

Taken by Versa 3D microscope

Tooth

Dentinal tubules

Courtesy of Nishad Kv

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Mammacarcinoma Cells

one of these three mamma carcinoma cells is attacked by a chimeral antybody receptor cell. This is a new therapy in fighting cancer.

Courtesy of Mr. Oliver Meckes , eye of science

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 1800x
Sample: Biological, gold coated
Detector: Se, BSE + BSE
Voltage: 7kV
Vacuum: High Vac.
Working Distance: 9,8
Spot: 3,0