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December 2014

Happy Holiday Season: Where do the stars on the WITec Christmas card come from?

WITec Christmas Card 2014Every year, WITec sends a special Christmas card to its customers. It shows varying applications of WITec imaging systems with a festive touch. In recent years Santa Claus, Christmas cookies and fir branches have been analyzed for the card.

This year’s WITec Christmas card shows oddly shaped stars in blue and yellow. The customers’ feedback was very positive and people asked for more information about the cards’ subject. We appreciate the interest and are happy to tell you more:

The stars were acquired with the new Raman Imaging and Scanning Electron Microscope RISE. With RISE Microscopy it is possible for the first time to acquire SEM and Raman images with the same microscope. The image on the Christmas card shows an SEM image overlaid with a Raman image. The structures shown are molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) layers on a silicon surface that form star-like shapes. The SEM was used to image the nano-structures of the formations. The Raman image reveals the chemical and molecular characteristics. By overlaying the images, the results of SEM and Raman measurement can be correlated.

We wish you a very happy Holiday Season, Merry Christmas, and all the best in 2015!

December 2014

WITec refreshes its website

WITec Website Launch Dec2014WITec has launched its new company website. The new design has been thoroughly renovated and optimized for touchscreens and mobile devices. The clear layout allows quick and convenient access to all page content. “The website's layout has been simplified for greater clarity in the overview of our product range and for a more immediate expression of our company's capabilities.” explains Harald Fischer, Marketing Director at WITec.

In addition to information regarding the product line, company news and events, the webpage includes new features to broaden the spectrum of the website: “We want to provide our customers with supplementary information about microscopy techniques, fields of application and advanced training opportunities.” adds Fischer.

WITec has high expectations in its new online presence. “The majority of the initial contacts with customers proceed via our website. A state-of-the-art webpage with an elegant layout and sharp look is therefore of enormous importance for us.” continues Fischer “The new webpage allows us to present ourselves as the innovative company that we are.”

In honor of the launch WITec will be awarding prizes in the Raman Image Search Drawing. All customers and interested persons are invited to participate. Prizes include a GoPro camera and a quadrocopter. Information about how to participate can be found here.

Press release in English (267 KB)
Press release in German (351 KB)
November 2014

RISE Microscopy chosen as 2015 Prism Award Finalist

RISE Microscopy has been nominated for a 2015 Photonics Prism Award. These well-respected product innovation awards honor the best new photonic products on the market and are each year presented by SPIE and Photonics Media at a gala event during Photonics West in San Francisco.
RISE microscopy is a correlative microscopy technique combining the chemical analysis power of Raman imaging with the ultra-structural characterization capabilities of a scanning electron microscope in an integrated system. It is a joint development of WITec and the Czech electron microscope manufacturer Tescan. Both development teams are delighted to become part of the elite group of innovators in consideration for a Prism Award. For WITec this is the second nomination after ultimately winning in 2012 with TrueSurface Microscopy for topographic confocal Raman imaging.

WITec Olaf Hollricher RISE 3

Dr. Olaf Hollricher, Managing Director R&D, is one of the developers of the RISE Microscope.

“We are thrilled to be among the finalists again”, said Dr. Olaf Hollricher, Managing Director R&D of WITec. “This nomination is a great honor for WITec and can be considered further validation of our technological strategy: Providing cutting-edge products for ambitious scientific customers.”

Correlative microscopy is an ongoing trend in microscopy. With a modular optical design WITec addressed early on the ability to combine various complementary techniques in integrated system configurations such as Raman-AFM or TrueSurface Microscopy. RISE, which stands for Raman Imaging & Scanning Electron Microscopy, is a novel technique which enables for the first time the acquisition of SEM and Raman images from the same sample area and the correlation of ultra-structural and chemical information with one microscope system.

 

Go to RISE Microscopy website

Visit Photonics Prism Award Finalists webpage

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October 2014

Conference Review: 11th Confocal Raman Imaging Symposium

Many international researchers joined the 11th Confocal Raman Imaging Symposium from September 29th to October 01st 2014 in Ulm, Germany. The well-established conference is a popular event at which the Raman community can present and discuss its latest scientific results. Talks from various fields of application and over 20 poster presentations provided a comprehensive overview of modern Raman microscopy for the 80 participants. Another conference highlight was the presentation of the new Raman and Scanning Electron Microscope RISE.

On the first day of the symposium Prof. Dr. Sebastian Schlücker from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, began the scientific talk session with an introduction to the theoretical basics of Raman spectroscopy. With several examples from experience and quantum-mathematical descriptions Schlücker explained the Raman scattering effect. Furthermore he discussed the Resonance Raman effect and described specific Raman techniques such as surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and non-linear Raman spectroscopy. Afterward the audience participated in an interactive quiz that evaluatedt their theoretical and practical Raman knowledge.

Next was the contributed talk session for which three distinguished researchers were selected from among the submitted abstracts. Dr. Dieter Fischer from the Leibniz-Institute for Polymer Research in Dresden, Germany, introduced his work on micro-plastics in the Baltic Sea. These particles appear from cosmetics and cleaning products or are debris of larger plastic pieces and pose a threat for aquatic animals and coral reefs. Fischer investigates the micro-plastic particles with topographic, large-area Raman imaging to determine the particle size, type, and distribution. Fischer mentioned sensible, global recycling management and the avoidance of plastics usage as solutions for increasing environmental pollution.
In the next presentation Andrey Denisyuk from the Czech company TESCAN talked about correlative microscopy techniques for electron microscopy. In addition to EDX Denisyuk showed several results acquired by the new Raman-SEM combination from various fields of application.
The first session closed with the talk of Chunxiao Cong from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Cong presented her impressive confocal Raman imaging results on graphene. Cong’s focus is on the investigation of wrinkles and shear forces in graphene layers and temperature-dependent interactions of graphene particles with phonons. She has already successfully published some of her results in the journals Nature Materials and Nature Communications.

The evening talk was given by Prof. Dr. Albert Zink from the EURAC Institute for Mummies and the Iceman in Bozen, Italy. Zink took the audience on a fascinating journey to the Ötztal Alps and described the impressive research surrounding the glacier mummy Ötzi. To clarify Ötzi’s cause of death Raman microscopy was employed among other techniques. Red blood cells, collagen fibers, and fibrin were directly isolated from Ötzi’s wounds and investigated by Raman spectroscopy in order to estimate the status of wound healing of his numerous injuries. The investigations of Zink and his research group clearly show that Ötzi’s shoulder wound, which resulted from an arrowhead penetration, caused his death.

On the second day of the symposium, Dr. Olaf Hollricher, WITec Managing Director R&D, started the talk session with a practical introduction to confocal Raman microscopy and instrument configurations. He provided useful information on characteristics and specifications of Raman microscope systems and explained their impact on e.g. spatial and spectral resolution.
In the presentation that followed Dr. Ute Schmidt and Dr. Thomas Dieing from WITec illustrated various applications of Raman microscopy. Schmidt and Dieing explained the generation of 3D Raman images and introduced Raman techniques such as topographic TrueSurface Microscopy and Raman-, Atomic Force- and Electron-Microscopy combinations.
The subsequent talk session included life science presentations. Prof. Dr. Klaus Gerwert from Ruhr-University in Bochum, Germany gave a talk about using Raman microscopy to study changes in cellular proteins that regulate the proliferation and death of cells. The aim is to develop a new method for the early detection and diagnosis of colon cancer that provides more precise and more reliable results than present techniques. In order to generate compelling results, Gerwert and his team combined IR and Raman spectroscopic data. The data should be included in a computerized database and used for the automatic differentiation between neoplastic and non-neoplastic tissues.
During the next talk Clara Stiebing from the Leibniz-Institute for Photonic Technology in Jena, Germany, presented her work on lipid metabolism in macrophages. Lipid uptake and storage in macrophages is related to the appearance of atherosclerosis. Stiebing showed confocal Raman imaging results of the uptake of different fatty acids in macrophages over time. She could show that in contrast to arachidonic acid, palmitic and oleic acid are well absorbed by the macrophages and this can increase the risk of atherosclerosis.
The topic of the presentation from Dr. Admir Mašić of the Max Planck Institute in Potsdam, Germany was the investigation of structures and compositions of various biological materials with topographic confocal Raman microscopy. Mašić presented comprehensive results of his work on the bio-mineralization of crayfish mandibles, orientations in collagen fibers of bones, and calcium-containing tissues and vessels in living fishes.

The afternoon session began with Dr. Christian Weikusat from the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven, Germany. He investigates the composition of ice cores from Antarctica to draw correlations with climatic changes. To prevent melting of the ice cores, the complete Raman investigations were performed in a cryo-lab. Weikusat analyzed the gas composition of air pockets in the ice. Furthermore he generated 3D Raman models of air hydrate crystal structures in ice to calculate their volumes. Air hydrate crystals emerge at great depth under high pressure from air bubbles in ice. Through his analysis Weikusat obtained information about the gas composition of the atmosphere during past climatic periods.
The succeeding talk was given by Dr. Paul Pudney from Unilever Discover in the UK. Pudney presented his studies of different contents in consumer goods with a primary focus on investigations of hair treatment products. He analyzed the penetration depth of certain substances such as resorcinol or glycerol in hair with Raman depth profiles and applied confocal Raman imaging to investigate changes in the hair structure through humidity.
The next session featured presentations from the field of materials science. Prof. Dr. Sabine Hild from Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, talked about her research on polymers and the correlation of micro-structures and materials characteristics. She investigated crystalline structures, polymorphisms, macro-molecular orientations and the tacticity of polymers with confocal Raman microscopy. The acquired results give her insights into the material characteristics of the polymers.
Prof. Dr. Ting Yu from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore reported on the work of his research group in the field of graphene. Yu and colleagues investigated not only graphene layers, defects, strains, electrical and chemical doping, thermal conductivity and quantum interference but also electron movement in graphene. Furthermore his research focus is on the investigation of other 2D materials such as tantalum-disulfide, molybdenum-disulfide and wolfram-disulfide.
The contributed component was then closed by Dr. Martin Süess from ETH Zürich in Switzerland. Süess investigated semiconductors and the possibility of increasing their efficiency through strain states. He studies strain states in 25 nm small silicon nano-bridges with confocal Raman microscopy.
On the evening of the second conference day the conference participants met in the Ulm city center for the conference dinner.

During the third day of the symposium the participants had the chance to receive more practical information about Raman microscopy systems during the instrument and software demonstration at WITec headquarters. In addition to Raman and AFM demonstrations, the new Raman-SEM microscope RISE was also introduced.

The 12th Confocal Raman Imaging Symposium will be held from September 28th to 30th, 2015 in Ulm, Germany.

More pictures can be found on our facebook account:
https://www.facebook.com/WITec.de

Conference group picture (5.4 MB)
Press Release in English (288 KB)
Press Release in German (295 KB)
Conference Abstract Book (4 KB)
August 2014

WITec’s personalized conference poster delighted the ICORS 2014 attendees

During the Raman conference ICORS 2014 in Jena, Germany, WITec surprised the attendees with a personalized ICORS 2014 conference poster. The poster shows a portrait of C.V. Raman, composed of the pictures of the ICORS participants. Being a memorable souvenir of the successful conference, the poster attracts wide interest and over 600 conference attendees visited the WITec booth to receive their personal copy.

Did you miss to pick up your personal copy? Download the file below

Poster (12 MB)
July 2014

Congratulations Team Germany - You’ve etched your place in history

Inspired by the German soccer team WITec applications scientists have created a photolithography image of the World Cup. The World Cup was engraved in silicon, generated with the WITec Nanolithography package and imaged with an alpha300 Raman microscope.

On the left side the video image overlaid with the Raman Intensity is shown. The image on the right shows the Raman peak shift of the Si-line, which displays the material stress distribution.

July 2014

WITec to host the 11th Confocal Raman Imaging Symposium from September 29th - October 1st in Ulm, Germany

The well established symposium will cover various aspects of modern Raman microscopy and detail the advantages of confocal Raman imaging and its applications. Scientific talks from distinguished speakers in academia and industry, the contributed talk and poster sessions, and the instrument demonstration will give the participants a deeper understanding of confocal Raman imaging.
Attendees can take advantage of discounted rates for session contributors and those who register early.


Some of the highlights include:

  • Key Note Talk: The Principles of Raman Spectroscopy and its Application in Microscopy (Sebastian Schlücker)
  • Evening presentation: New Insights into Life and Death of the Tyrolean Iceman: From Genetics to Raman Spectroscopy (Albert Zink)
  • More than 10 invited talks from renowned Raman scientists
  • Contributed Talk and poster sessions. The best poster entry will be awarded with a tablet PC.
  • RISE Microscopy (Correlated Raman-SEM Imaging) will be demonstrated
  • The symposium fee includes a Confocal Raman Microscopy Book.

Please click here for registration information, a detailed program and the full speaker information. >>>

 

May 2014

New software provides uncompromising performance, speed, and usability for Raman, AFM, and SNOM

The new WITec Suite software is now available for all WITec imaging systems. It was specifically developed to acquire and process large data volumes of large-area, high-resolution measurements and 3D imaging while providing speed, performance, and usability. Through the software architecture and graphical user interface an integrated and consolidated functionality is available incorporating the various techniques and measurement modes from Raman, to AFM, to SNOM, fluorescence and luminescence.

An intelligent computer resource management provides the capabilities for the generation and visualization of even large data sets. The high-speed data acquisition allows for example the measurement and recording of over 1300 Raman spectra in only one second. Furthermore data sets including several million image pixels, each containing the information of e.g. a complete Raman spectrum or an AFM pulsed force mode-curve, can be generated, processed, and imaged smoothly with WITec Suite.

Another focus of WITec Suite is the improved and simplified usability. The software design provides a clear and intuitive menu guidance and an individually adjustable user interface to be suitable for all experience levels and user requirements. The smart access options for all principle functions, including for example the circle mouse menu, accelerate the workflow and smooth the first steps into the software and an accessible learning curve.

“WITec imaging systems are well-known for their exceptional imaging qualities. Unprecedented performance and speed facilitate the acquisition of large data volumes and the generation of 3D images and large-area scans.” explains Dr. Olaf Hollricher, R&D Director at WITec “The capabilities of WITec Suite match perfectly with the requirements for high-speed data acquisition and processing of large data volumes and provide an accomplished combination of comprehensive data analysis and ease-of-use.”

WITec Suite includes Control FOUR, a powerful software tool for measurement control and data acquisition, and Project FOUR, a user friendly data evaluation and processing software. The license terms facilitate the installation of Project FOUR on an unlimited number of computers permitting the user to process data and generate images wherever required.

3D Raman Image of a pollen in crystalline honey. Data were acquired and processed with the new WITec Suite software. Image parameters: 150 x 150 x 50 pixels = 1,125,000 Raman spectra, scan area: 50 µm x 50 µm x 50µm, integration time per spectrum: 12.2 milliseconds, total acquisition time: 3h 50 min.

Press Release in English (248 KB)
May 2014

Researchers honored with the 2014 WITec Paper Award for their outstanding scientific publications

The winners of this year’s WITec PaperAwards have been announced. Research groups from the USA, France, and Germany won the PaperAwards in gold, silver, and bronze, respectively. The annual awards honor outstanding scientific publications that feature results acquired with a WITec instrument. Scientists from all over the world submitted more than 60 publications, from between January and December 2013, to this year’s competition. A jury chose the three winning papers from among the submissions to be honored with a PaperAward. Selection criteria included the impact of scientific results and the innovation of the applied techniques.

The PaperAward 2014 in gold goes to Yufeng Hao. Hao was honored for his work on graphene in Rodney Ruoffs’ research group at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Materials Science and Engineering Program, University of Texas, USA. The group successfully collaborated with Luigi Colombos’ laboratory from Texas Instruments and published their work in Science “Y. Hao et al., The Role of Surface Oxygen in the Growth of Large Single-Crystal Graphene on Copper”. A confocal Raman image of the publication was also chosen as the cover image for the issue. The scientific paper convinced the jury by demonstrating the beneficial application of confocal Raman imaging for high-impact graphene research. Hao just moved from Texas to New York to start a new position at Columbia University where he continues his work.

The silver WITec PaperAward winners are researchers from the Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire, CNRS in France. Frédéric Foucher and Frances Westall published in Astrobiology “Foucher and Westall, Raman Imaging of Metastable Opal in Carbonaceous Microfossils of the 700-800 Ma old Draken Formation”. They show comprehensive Raman imaging studies of microfossils from Norway, Canada, and Australia. The jury honored Foucher and colleague for their successful application of (3D) Raman imaging as part of their compelling scientific work.

The WITec PaperAward in bronze goes to the research group of Maike Windbergs at the Department of Biopharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology, Saarland University, Germany. Windbergs published together with her group member Birthe Kann in the AAPS Journal “Kann and Windbergs, Chemical Imaging of Drug Delivery Systems with Structured Surface – a Combined Analytical Approach of Confocal Raman Microscopy and Optical Profilometry”. Her scientific work in the field of pharmaceutical research demonstrates the successful use of confocal Raman microscopy for the investigation of rough samples in combination with optical profilometry.

WITec recently announced the WITec PaperAward 2015 for publications published in 2014. Researchers from all fields of applications and both academia and industry are invited to submit their publications featuring results acquired with a WITec instrument to papers@witec.de.


Image at the top:

Left:
WITec PaperAward in Gold: Yufeng Hao (right) and James Hone (left) in front of Columbia University in New York, USA. Hao and colleagues receive the award certificate in gold and a 500 Euro Amazon gift card from Tavis Exzell, Regional Sales Manager at WITec USA (middle).

Middle:
WITec PaperAward in Silver: Frédéric Foucher (left) from the Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire and Nicolas Tcherbak, WITec sales representative for France (right). Foucher is the winner of the award in silver and a 300 Euro Amazon voucher.

Right:
WITec PaperAward in Bronze: Maike Windbergs (right) from the Saarland University receives the PaperAward Certificate in bronze and a 200 Euro Amazon gift card from Sonja Breuninger, responsible for Technical Marketing and PR at WITec (left).


Original Publications:

Y. Hao, M. S. Bharathi, L. Wang, Y. Liu, H. Chen, S. Nie, X. Wang, H. Chou, C. Tan, B. Fallahazad, H. Ramanarayan, C. W. Magnuson, E. Tutuc, B. I. Yakobson, K. F. McCarty, Y. W. Zhang, P. Kim, J. Hone, L. Colombo, R. S. Ruoff, The role of surface oxygen in the growth of large single-crystal graphene on copper. Science 342, 720-723 (2013); 8 (10.1126/science.1243879).

F. Foucher, F. Westall, Raman imaging of metastable opal in carbonaceous microfossils of the 700-800 ma old Draken Formation. Astrobiology 13, 57-67 (2013); (10.1089/ast.2012.0889).

B. Kann, M. Windbergs, Chemical imaging of drug delivery systems with structured surfaces-a combined analytical approach of confocal Raman microscopy and optical profilometry. The AAPS Journal 15, 505-510 (2013); (10.1208/s12248-013-9457-7).

 

Press Release in German (334 KB)
Press Release in English (327 KB)
March 2014

TESCAN ORSAY HOLDING, a.s. and WITec GmbH launch the RISE Microscope for Correlative Raman-SEM Imaging at Analytica 2014

TESCAN ORSAY HOLDING, a.s. and WITec GmbH launch the RISE Microscope for Correlative Raman-SEM Imaging at Analytica 2014

TESCAN ORSAY HOLDING, a.s., a multinational company experienced in charged particle optics, and WITec GmbH, a distinguished German specialist in Raman and scanning probe microscopy, jointly launch RISE Microscopy at Analytica 2014.

RISE Microscopy is a novel correlative microscopy technique which combines confocal Raman Imaging and Scanning Electron (RISE) Microscopy within one integrated microscope system. This unique combination provides clear advantages for the microscope user with regard to comprehensive sample characterization: electron microscopy is an excellent technique for visualizing the sample surface structures in the nanometer range; confocal Raman imaging is an established spectroscopic method used for the detection of the chemical and molecular components of a sample. It can also generate 2D- and 3D-images and depth profiles to visualize the distribution of the molecular compounds within a sample. The RISE Microscope enables for the first time the acquisition of SEM and Raman images from the same sample area and the correlation of ultra-structural and chemical information with one microscope system.

Both analytical methods are fully integrated into the RISE Microscope. Between the different measurements an extremely precise scan stage automatically transfers the sample inside the microscope’s vacuum chamber and re-positions it. The integrated RISE software carries out the required parameter adjustments and instrument alignments. The acquired results can then be correlated and the Raman and SEM images overlaid. “RISE Microscopy enables unprecedented opportunities for the most comprehensive ultra-structural and molecular sample analyses.” explains Dr. Olaf Hollricher, CEO and Director R&D at WITec “The novel RISE Microscope is another striking example of WITec’s enormous innovative strength. It fulfills all requirements of an outstanding, correlative microscopy technique and will convince the Raman as well as the SEM community.”

TESCAN and WITec arranged worldwide sales and after-sales cooperation for the RISE Microscope to take advantage of the synergy effects of both companies. “We are very pleased to cooperate with WITec. Our common purpose is to achieve the utmost customer satisfaction.” says Jaroslav Klíma, Chairman of the Board and CEO at TESCAN ORSAY HOLDING “We consider this an important step in the development of integrated systems for the observation and analysis of samples on the nano-scale. The RISE Microscope enriches the TESCAN portfolio enormously with regard to high-end products and emphasizes our leading position in the electron microscopy market.”

The RISE Microscope provides all functions and features of a stand-alone SEM and a confocal Raman microscope. Both SEM and Raman are high-resolution imaging techniques with sub-nanometer and diffraction limited 200 - 300 nanometer resolution, respectively. In Raman imaging mode the sample can be scanned through a range of 250 µm x 250 µm x 250 µm. RISE Microscopy pairs ease-of-use with exceptional analyzing benefits and is therefore suited to a large variety of applications such as nanotechnology, materials science, and life science.

 

 

WITec and TESCAN have jointly developed the RISE Microscope within the framework of the UnivSEM project. UnivSEM receives funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Program (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 280566. Companies, universities and research institutes from the Czech Republic, Germany, and Switzerland contribute to the project. The EU-project supports the development of supplementary analysis tools for scanning electron microscopes.

Further info:

Press Release RISE Microscopy in English (241 KB)
Press Release RISE Microscopy in German (469 KB)
RISE Microscopy Product Brochure (3.8 MB)
March 2014

TESCAN and WITec launch the RISE Microscope for Correlative Raman-SEM Imaging

TESCAN ORSAY HOLDING, a.s., a multinational company experienced in charged particle optics, and WITec GmbH, a distinguished German specialist in Raman and scanning probe microscopy, jointly launch RISE Microscopy at Analytica 2014.

RISE Microscopy is a novel correlative microscopy technique which combines confocal Raman Imaging and Scanning Electron (RISE) Microscopy within one integrated microscope system. This unique combination provides clear advantages for the microscope user with regard to comprehensive sample characterization: electron microscopy is an excellent technique for visualizing the sample surface structures in the nanometer range; confocal Raman imaging is an established spectroscopic method used for the detection of the chemical and molecular components of a sample. It can also generate 2D- and 3D-images and depth profiles to visualize the distribution of the molecular compounds within a sample. The RISE Microscope enables for the first time the acquisition of SEM and Raman images from the same sample area and the correlation of ultra-structural and chemical information with one microscope system.

Both analytical methods are fully integrated into the RISE Microscope. Between the different measurements an extremely precise scan stage automatically transfers the sample inside the microscope’s vacuum chamber and re-positions it. The integrated RISE software carries out the required parameter adjustments and instrument alignments. The acquired results can then be correlated and the Raman and SEM images overlaid. “RISE Microscopy enables unprecedented opportunities for the most comprehensive ultra-structural and molecular sample analyses.” explains Dr. Olaf Hollricher, CEO and Director R&D at WITec “The novel RISE Microscope is another striking example of WITec’s enormous innovative strength. It fulfills all requirements of an outstanding, correlative microscopy technique and will convince the Raman as well as the SEM community.”

TESCAN and WITec arranged worldwide sales and after-sales cooperation for the RISE Microscope to take advantage of the synergy effects of both companies. “We are very pleased to cooperate with WITec. Our common purpose is to achieve the utmost customer satisfaction.” says Jaroslav Klíma, Chairman of the Board and CEO at TESCAN ORSAY HOLDING “We consider this an important step in the development of integrated systems for the observation and analysis of samples on the nano-scale. The RISE Microscope enriches the TESCAN portfolio enormously with regard to high-end products and emphasizes our leading position in the electron microscopy market.”

The RISE Microscope provides all functions and features of a stand-alone SEM and a confocal Raman microscope. Both SEM and Raman are high-resolution imaging techniques with sub-nanometer and diffraction limited 200 - 300 nanometer resolution, respectively. In Raman imaging mode the sample can be scanned through a range of 250 µm x 250 µm x 250 µm. RISE Microscopy pairs ease-of-use with exceptional analyzing benefits and is therefore suited to a large variety of applications such as nanotechnology, materials science, and life science.

 

 

WITec and TESCAN have jointly developed the RISE Microscope within the framework of the UnivSEM project. UnivSEM receives funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Program (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 280566. Companies, universities and research institutes from the Czech Republic, Germany, and Switzerland contribute to the project. The EU-project supports the development of supplementary analysis tools for scanning electron microscopes.

Further info:

February 2014

New High-Resolution Confocal Raman Imaging Brochure

The new High-Resolution Confocal Raman Imaging brochure is now available. The brochure covers the following topics:

  • 3D confocal Raman Imaging
  • Nearfield-Raman Imaging
  • Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS)

The brochure gives an overview of the theoretical principles of the state-of-the-art microscopy techniques and explains their practical applications with various examples.

High-Resolution Confocal Raman Imaging brochure (3.3 MB)