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Publication Date: 08/1/2009
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Zeiss Adds Functions to Confocal Microscope
Upgraded microscope system.
Thornwood, NY — Carl Zeiss, Inc. is introducing new functions for the Axio CSM 700 microscope. The new functions of the confocal light microscope enable materials scientists to measure the 3D topography over large sample areas with more convenience and flexibility.

For this microscope, the company offers a motorized scanning stage with a 150 x 150mm travel range that is suitable for materials research, quality inspection and routine applications. The scanning stage control is integrated into the instrument's software and allows large sample areas to be captured in a mosaic fashion with high resolution. This function has been further optimized with a stitching algorithm so that no transitions are perceived between the single images in the final mosaic image. Therefore, roughness measurement can be determined with a higher statistical reliability even with large sample areas.

It is also now much easier to operate the microscope because of the new, encoded and motorized objective nosepiece which now comes standard.

The upgraded instrument accurately measures even low roughness on relatively "soft" surfaces without contact. The microscope visualizes surfaces three-dimensionally, with high resolution and in true color, and also allows precise measurement of 3D microstructures as well as roughness determination with high quality. Topographical measurements can be performed at more than 100 image frames per second.

In addition, the microscope provides reliable detection of height information with step heights from 20nm up to the millimeter range, as well as images with a depth of focus otherwise possible only with scanning electron microscopes.

The easy-to-use software provides numerous analysis options, including the measurement of roughness, evaluation of layer thickness and particle analysis. Additional functions such as a newly programmed filter facilitate and improve the image processing capabilities.

Furthermore, English units like inches and microinches have been integrated into the Axio CSM 700 software. Therefore, material microscopy standards valid in parts of North America, in particular, can be better handled.

Contact: Carl Zeiss MicroImaging, Inc., One Zeiss Drive, Thornwood, NY 10594 800-633-6610 Web:

See at ATE Booth #5217.

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