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Introduction to Energy Dispersive Spectrometry (EDS) inside the Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)

Discover the fundamentals of Energy Dispersive Spectrometry (EDS) analysis within a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), exploring the differences between a TEM and scanning electron microscopy.

Approx View time: 29 minutes

30 kV STEM-SEM – Fully utilising the SEM to acquire nanoscale EDS & reduce TEM workload

A technique that has yet to be widely adopted across the microscopy community, we feel that STEM-SEM provides a strong alternative to traditional TEM and STEM. It has shown to be extremely effective when analysing features with sizes between 3 and 100 nm, whilst requiring significantly less column alignment and faster turn around when imaging a range of samples. 

Approx View time: 29 minutes

Technical Cleanliness Analysis with AZtecClean

Discover how AZtecClean, the SEM-based particle analysis platform, brings an automated characterisation & technical cleanliness solution by automating energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS) analysis to gather compositional and morphological information from particles.

Approx View time: 20 minutes

Introduction to EDS Large Area Mapping in SEM

Learn how to use Large Area Mapping (LAM) in our AZtecLive software. Dr Haithem Mansour demonstrates the optimisation of setting, the tools included in the software, and how they can be used to map large areas on your samples quickly and reliably. 

Approx View time: 20 minutes

AZtecFeature: Speed in Every Aspect of Particle Analysis

This tutorial discusses how high-throughput automated particle analysis is performed on the scanning electron microscope (SEM) using energy dispersive x-ray spectrometry (EDS).

Approx View time: 20 minutes

Introduction to EBSD

This tutorial discusses the basics of Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD), the type of information that can be obtained from the technique, and how it can be used for real-world applications.

Approx View time: 21 minutes

Introduction to Wavelength Dispersive Spectrometry

This tutorial explains the principles of Wavelength Dispersive Spectrometry (WDS / WDX) and how a WD spectrometer with Rowland Circle geometry works on an SEM in combination with EDS.

Approx View time: 25 minutes

EDS Elemental Mapping using AZtecLive

In this tutorial, discover how you can use Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS) elemental mapping in AZtecLive to automatically identify the elements present in your sample, showing exactly where they are in the scanned area and providing the element concentrations.

Approx View time: 25 minutes

Live Chemical Imaging Tutorial 

In this tutorial, we will take you through the new Live Chemical Imaging functionality in AZtecLive, while showing you how to get the best out of this ground-breaking technological advancement and how it can add value to any analysis. 

Approx View time: 25 minutes

Resolve Overlaps & identify trace elements using WDS Scan in AZtecWave

WDS Scan is a new workflow in AZtecWave that enables the positive identification of elements affected by peak overlaps in the EDS spectrum, and/or present in trace concentrations (Less than 0.1 wt%). 
Several different sample types will be presented as examples, including minerals, metals, and solder used in electronics. In addition, the tutorial will include demonstrations of how to; (1) acquire WDS scans using the different setup tools available, (2) identify the element lines present, and (3) compare multiple WDS scans and EDS spectra.

Approx View time: 25 minutes

An Introduction to GSR Analysis with AZtecGSR

AZtecGSR can offer consistently high-quality results that give the confidence that is needed in finding, measuring and positively identifying them as GSR is both a challenging and critical task – especially given that evidence of their presence is frequently used in court cases.

Approx View time: 25 minutes

Effective EBSD data processing using AZtecCrystal

This tutorial will cover fundamental steps of data processing such as data cleaning and grain size measurement, as well as touching on more advanced analytical tools such as parent grain reconstruction and the calculation of elastic properties.

Approx View time: 26 minutes

A practical introduction to Wavelength Dispersive Spectrometry (WDS) and AZtecWave 


WDS expert Dr Rosie Jones presents a practical introduction to Wavelength Dispersive Spectrometry (WDS) and AZtecWave – our new software for combined SEM-based EDS-WDS analysis.

Approx View time: 25 minutes

Analytical correlative workflows with Relate: a step-by-step guide


In this tutorial experts Dr Louise Hughes and Dr Jonathan Moffat will go through the key steps to analytical correlative workflows, demonstrating the full workflow from sample preparation through to analysis. This video explains the different options which can be used to setup the drift correction for your application and it shows how you as a user can get live feedback on how the routine is correcting.

Approx View time: 42 minutes

TEM Sample Preparation 

In this tutorial Dr Sam Marks presents the different approaches to TEM sample preparation, highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of the most common preparation techniques, providing useful hints and tips along the way.

Viewing time: 16 minutes

Real-world problem solving using EBSD

In this tutorial, Dr. Pat Trimby looks at the wide range of microstructural information provided by EBSD, explaining how this can be used to better understand material properties and processing.

Viewing time: 23 minutes

Enhanced Sample Navigation and Remote Working

EDS expert Anthony Hyde shows how the latest AZtecLive software has evolved, to not only make use of the latest technological advancements in large area detectors but also help remove some of the barriers to carrying out remote SEM-EDS analysis. 

Viewing time: 21 minutes

The complete characterisation of Additive Manufacturing Powders with AZtecAM

In this video, Dr. Hui Jiang will teach you how to characterise powder morphology rapidly for thousands of grains, Discover how to automatically identify and report on the presence of contaminants in metal powders, and provide an assessment of contaminant sources and support in the process of contamination control. 

Viewing time: 19 minutes

Why you should add Feature analysis to your SEM

In this tutorial, Dr. Matt Hiscock will explain how Feature analysis brings speed & flexibility to the SEM by automating EDS analysis.  

Viewing time: 23 minutes

Correlative Microscopy: Challenges & solutions for data acquisition & analysis

In this video, Dr. Louise Hughes outlines methods for developing correlative workflows across a variety of different samples types, from life science specimens to materials such as semi-conductors and duplex steel. Louise will then demonstrate how Relatecan be used to analyse correlative data and the type of information you can obtain about your samples.

Viewing time: 18 minutes

Introduction to AZtecBattery

In this tutorial, expert Kim Larsen gives an overview of our newly released software AZtecBattery, an automated cleanliness solution for battery powders.   

Viewing time: 16 minutes

EBSD without limits...

Recorded live from our Spotlight session, at the virtual meeting M&M 2020. In this session, expert Dr. Pat Trimby introduces the new Symmetry S2 fibre-optically coupled EBSD detector.  

Viewing time: 30 minutes

AZtecWave: WDS detection & EDS speed with AZtec accuracy and accessibility

This video was recorded live from our Spotlight session, at the virtual meeting M&M 2020. In this session, expert Dr. Simon Burgess gives an introduction to AZtecWave, our newly released software. AZtecWave accelerates your time to results, helping you achieve more in less time with unparalleled accuracy and certainty. 

Viewing time: 28 minutes

Remote Analytical Scanning Electron Microscopy

In this tutorial, Dr. Matt Hiscock will explain how it is possible to access microscope systems remotely and work effectively with them. This tutorial will provide you tips on remote nanoanalysis in the SEM.

Viewing time: 21 minutes

Real-time Chemical Imaging with AZtecLive

In this tutorial, our expert Dr. Haithem Mansour will show you how real-time chemical imaging gives you an instant overview of your sample and enhances your workflow using the different tools included in AZtecLive.

Viewing time: 21 minutes

Introduction to Relate

In this short video, Dr. Louise Hughes gives an overview on our latest correlative software package, Relate. Discover how it can benefit you in your work today. 

Viewing time: 23 minutes

Introduction to EDS

In this video, we discuss the fundamentals of electron microscopy, exploring the interaction between electrons and matter to explain how X-rays are generated. Following this, we delve into the process of EDS acquisition, identifying how a simple spectrum is acquired and how we expand on this process to produce elemental maps. Finally, we introduce Tru-Q®, our unique spectrum processing function, which turns EDS data into useful results.

Viewing time: 15 minutes

AZtecLive - Live!

In this demonstration of AZtecLive – recorded live from our demo centre, we show how live chemical imaging integrates seamlessly into your workflows to help you navigate your samples faster, giving an instant overview and allowing you to work more efficiently.

Viewing time: 19 minutes

AZtecCrystal: Measuring Profiles in EBSD maps

Study changes along transects in maps, measuring disorientations across boundaries using our EBSD software: AZtecCrystal.

Approx View time: 10 minutes

AZtecCrystal: Maps

Learn how to create EBSD Maps, manage map interaction and customisation as well as map export with our EBSD software: AZtecCrystal

Approx View time: 15 minutes


AZtecCrystal: Grain Analysis

Learn how to set up grain detection, interaction with the grain list and displaying grain information in Maps using our EBSD software: AZtecCrystal

Approx View time: 15 minutes


AZtecCrystal: Analysing Boundaries

Use AZtecCrystal, our EBSD software, to learn how to plot boundaries on maps, investigation special boundary types, analysing disorientations and rotation axes.

Approx View time: 16 minutes


AZtecCrystal: Analysing Textures

Using AZtecCrystal, our EBSD software, learn how to plot and configure Pole Figures, Inverse pole Figures, and ODFs, plus plotting texture component maps. 

Approx View time: 17 minutes


AZtecCrystal: GUI and Displays

Learn how to navigate the graphic user interface and other display settings of our EBSD software AZtecCrystal. 

Approx View time: 10 minutes


AZtecCrystal: Cleaning and Restoring Projects

Learn the process of cleaning and restoring projects in our EBSD post-processing software.

Approx View time: 12 minutes


AZtecCrystal: Exporting Data from AZtec

Learn the process of exporting data from our EBSD software

Approx View time: 11 minutes