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FinFet Device

Low kV critical for seeing surface structure of 22nm FinFET devices

Courtesy of FEI

Taken by Verios XHR SEM microscope

Magnification: 150000
Detector: TLD
Voltage: 700.00 V
Horizontal Field Width: 6,3 pA
Working Distance: 1.2mm

Platinum Oxide

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: 200x
Sample: Platinum oxide on silicon oxide
Detector: SE
Voltage: 5 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 640 microns
Working Distance: 4.8
Spot: 1.6 nA

Golden nanoblob

Gold nanoparticles on a SiN substrate molten together under the influence of the electronbeam, forming one 'large' blob of gold.

Courtesy of Mr. Marien Bremmer , Leiden Institute of Physics

Taken by Tecnai microscope

Magnification: 420,000
Sample: Au / SiN
Voltage: 200
Spot: 3.0


An egg in nest. This image is 3-D polymer nanostructure fabricated with 3-D lithography.

Courtesy of Dr. Weisheng Yue , KAUST

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Electron Balls

Electron Diffraction Pattern obtained by systematic tilting of BaTiO3 crystal


Taken by Tecnai microscope

Sample: BaTiO3
Detector: Gatan CCD camera (1K X 1K)
Voltage: 300 kV
Spot: 7

The elephant

his image shows the face of an elephant with a wizard hat hiding behind stalactites

Courtesy of Viviana Gonzalez

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 5000x
Detector: TLD
Voltage: 15kV
Vacuum: 3mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 2um
Working Distance: 4
Spot: 3

YMnO3 Thin Films

YMnO3 thin films deposited on silicon substrate at 750C.


Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 50,000x
Sample: YMnO3
Detector: SE
Voltage: 15 kV
Vacuum: HV
Working Distance: 9.1
Spot: 3.0

Galvanized Sheet Steel II

Corrosion product into a galvanized sheet steel after corrosion testing simulating corrosive marine environment.


Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 1500X
Sample: Galvanized Sheet Steel
Detector: MIX: BSE plus SE
Voltage: 20 kV
Vacuum: 130 Pa
Horizontal Field Width: 199 μm
Working Distance: 14.9
Spot: 3.0

Barium Sulphate Crystals

The image was taken on our XL30 SFEG in Back Scatter mode and is of a pocket of naturally formed Barium Sulphate crystals found in a piece of Botryoidal Hematite from Western Australia.

Courtesy of Mrs. Christine Kimpton , Cranfield University

Taken by SEM microscope

Magnification: 1500X
Sample: Crystals in Hematite sample
Detector: BSE
Voltage: 20kv
Horizontal Field Width: 80microns
Working Distance: 10mm
Spot: 4

Apatite Chrysanthemum

It is a apatite coating on the titanium alloy formed using a biomimetic method. The ceramic is Chrysanthemum like: the central dense mineral looks like pistil and the oriented mineral planes looks like petals.

Courtesy of Dr. Changmin Hu , University of Connecticut

Taken by VolumeScope microscope

Magnification: 12,000x
Detector: SE
Voltage: 5 kV
Working Distance: 4.9 mm

nine plus two

Cross sections through high-pressure frozen Nucella lamellosa sperm tails showing the classic 9+2 arrangement of microtubules, and amazing plasma membrane detail.

Courtesy of Mr. Garnet Martens , BioImaging Facility

Taken by Tecnai microscope

Silver ink on glass with imperfect ion polish

Silver ink was deposited on a glass slide. An ion beam cross-section polisher was used, but the geometry was not set up properly resulting in an imperfect cross-section.

Courtesy of Dr. Clifford Todd , The Dow Chemical Company

Taken by Nova NanoSEM microscope

Magnification: 50,000x
Sample: silver ink on glass
Detector: TLD secondary electrons
Voltage: 5 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 6 µm
Working Distance: 5.5 mm
Spot: 4.0

Silicon nitride (Si3N4) layer

Rapid thermal annealed Si3N4 isolator layer, anneling temperature was 300 K to high, approx. 1700K, the layer showed thus "Mayan" structure, and in second picture the surface shows this "dinosaur" structure

Courtesy of Lothar Spiess

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 400x
Detector: SE
Voltage: 30kV
Vacuum: 5*10-5
Horizontal Field Width: 300 µm
Working Distance: 10 mm
Spot: 3 nA

Tricomes on Squash leaf surface_3

Tricomes on Squash leaf surface Order: Cucurbitales Family: Cucurbitaceae Genus_species: Cucurbita maxima Scanning electron microscope image of squash leaf tip area

Courtesy of Louisa Howard

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 100
Sample: botanical_leaf
Detector: SE
Voltage: 15kV
Working Distance: 15.6
Spot: 3.0

Package Bump x-section zoom

Package Bump x-section zoom, Helios G4 PFIB

Taken by Helios G4 PFIB microscope



Courtesy of Mr. muhammet aydın , Namık kemal university

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 15000
Detector: lfd
Voltage: 2
Working Distance: 7.7
Spot: 2

SiO2 Pillars

SiO2 pillars grown using IDEP3 GIS with the electron beam in parallel deposition mode. The growth mode allowed the pillars to look like pine trees.

Courtesy of Lynne Gignac

Taken by Helios NanoLab microscope

Magnification: 50,000x
Sample: SiO2 pillars grown on SiO2 membrane
Detector: in-lens SE
Voltage: 5 kV
Vacuum: 1e-7mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 1.43 um
Working Distance: 4 mm
Spot: 86 pA

Colony of Bacteria

colony of bacteria

Courtesy of Fernanda Santos

Taken by Inspect microscope

Magnification: 3,000x
Sample: Biology
Detector: SE
Voltage: 20 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 30 μm
Working Distance: 17.0mm
Spot: 4.0

PFIB Section

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

Courtesy of Courtesy SINTEF

Taken by Vion Plasma microscope

Voltage: 30.00 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 17.1 μm / 51.2 μm

Volcano eruption

During failure analysis of light emitting diode (LED), an awesome volcano-eruption-like image was captured. The vivid red lava is erupted from the powerful volcano.

Courtesy of En-Chiang Lin

Taken by Quanta 3D microscope

Magnification: 5000X
Horizontal Field Width: 80 um

Single Crystal Superalloy

Fracture surface of a HCF test piece of a single Crystal superalloy

Courtesy of Inaki Madariaga

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 20x
Voltage: 15.0 kV
Working Distance: 9.9 mm
Spot: 4.4

Metallic Nanowires

Anchored carbon nanotubes encapsulating Metallic nanowires

Courtesy of Giovanni Desiderio

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 150000x
Sample: Carbon, Sn
Detector: ETD
Voltage: 15.0 kV
Vacuum: HV
Horizontal Field Width: 500.0nm
Working Distance: 9.2 mm
Spot: 3.0 nA

Salmonella Bacteria

This image is of salmonella bacteria, a low kV was essential in order to visualise the surface detail of the bacteria, so the image was taken with the VcD (backscatter detector), using beam decelleration.

Courtesy of Miranda Waldron

Taken by Nova NanoSEM microscope

Magnification: 80,000x
Sample: Bacteria
Detector: VcD
Voltage: 1 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 3.73μm
Working Distance: 5.9 mm
Spot: 2 nA

Red Star

ZnO nanostructure. Sample from Peter Hess.

Courtesy of Joern Leuthold

Taken by Nova NanoSEM microscope

Magnification: 5000x
Sample: Zinc oxide
Detector: TLD
Voltage: 3 kV
Vacuum: 2 * 10^-6 mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 59.7 µm
Working Distance: 5.1 mm
Spot: 3.0


Mirror Detector used to show metal catalyst on top of Nanotube

Courtesy of FEI

Taken by Verios XHR SEM microscope

Magnification: 16000x
Detector: TLD
Voltage: 2.00 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 7.9 μm
Working Distance: 2.0 mm