It never ceases to amaze me how scientists get hooked by EBSD: many of the prominent characters were already pushing the development of EBSD when I started using the technique, 25 years ago, and I’m sure many in the current EBSD community will still be closely involved in another couple of decades’ time... continue reading
I spend a lot of my time travelling the world and speaking to customers about their research and how to help support them with our solutions. Surprisingly, (to me, at least), the most common questions I get asked aren't to do with the data at all. Instead, customers are asking how to make reporting changes. Based on this, I've created a couple of videos to help with these... continue reading
You'd be foolish not to read our new Blog! The AutoPhaseMap module of AZtec finds different characteristic composition from X-ray map data, and determines the distribution, area, constituent elements and composition of each of these areas or phases. As well as creating some compelling imagery... continue reading
Focused ion beam (FIB) preparation of site-specific TEM samples is a well-established method. However, obstacles to making a good TEM lamella remain. Our FIB Product Manager, Dr John Lindsay talks us through common challenges faced when trying to prepare a high-quality FIB sample and the solutions for them... continue reading
EDS technology is developing ever more rapidly, with new hardware and software promising ever more sensitive and high-speed analysis.
This leads to a common question about the best parameters to use for acquisition and what conditions should be used to ensure accurate analysis. There is no right answer to this question, as it depends on many factors, however its really easy to find out yourself and I always recommend this... continue reading
March 10th was Solar Appreciation Day. It gives us a fantastic opportunity to bring attention to the value of solar energy and its applications.
The main advantage of using solar energy is to provide a sustainable and clean source of energy which reduces pollution and the use of fossil fuels... continue reading
In situ experimentation is becoming increasingly commonplace with the advancement of in situ TEM sample holders. These holders allow us to manipulate the environment surrounding a TEM sample to incite and observe material changes. The introduction of AZtecTEM Live, in combination with in situ sample holders, allows us to watch live X-ray maps during in situ experiments to observe chemical changes as they occur– rather than after the event... continue reading
There are many challenges with imaging biological specimens using electron microscopy and most of them also apply to energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS). The interior of an electron microscope is a hostile environment for life, the vacuum and high energy electron beam are both destructive for the soft materials in most biological samples. As biologists, we want to capture data that is as close to the living state as possible, which means careful preservation of our specimens to avoid changing their structure and contents. This is particularly important when we need to preserve elemental composition... continue reading
When I started out in electron microscopy 20 years ago, I listened to a talk my supervisor gave to a lay audience where he explained why he had dedicated his life to exploring the nanoworld through the electron microscope. He recalled how as a child he had been fascinated by the thirst for knowledge and adventure that drove early explorers to sail their ships around the globe to discover new worlds. He drew the comparison between the explorers of old and the electron microscopists of today and how electron microscopes are the ships for today’s explorers, transporting them into the nanoworld where there are still plenty of things to be discovered... continue reading
Science and technology are the driving forces for change in our ever-progressing society. With near enough a global gender ratio of 1:1, there is a disproportionate number of women choosing to build careers in STEM-related fields compared to their male counterparts. In light of this – the United Nations General Assembly declared February 11 as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This day allows us to shine a light on the achievements of women and girls in STEM – and what a great opportunity it is to highlight some of the talented women working in science here with us at Oxford Instruments NanoAnalysis... continue reading
It's been a fantastic year here at the Oxford Instruments NanoAnalysis family.
From Ruby anniversaries to refurbishments and new products (including one amazing lego replica), 2018 brought a lot of excitement. In the first of our new NanoAnalysis blog series, take a look back at the past 12 months and see what we got up to... continue reading