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  • New MICRON3D green stereo industrial scanner

    The NEW MICRON3D green stereo industrial scanner will be presented for the first time on the British market during the TCT Show in Birmingham, UK 24-26 September 2019.

    Two detectors, measurement with green LED light, total noise reduction, the ability to perform professional 3D scans independent of changes in external lighting conditions... are the main features of the latest product created by specialists from SMARTTECH3D company. MICRON3D green stereo is a revolutionary optical measuring machine dedicated to modern enterprises.

    The best specialists from the SMARTTECH3D company was working for over two and a half years to create an innovative 3D scanner that, thanks to its properties, perfectly fits into the assumptions of the idea of ​​industry 4.0. It is also a response to the demand from the industrial sector, which expects modern quality control devices. That is why SMARTTECH3D has developed a method of measuring with green LED light with a wavelength of 520nm, which, together with the filters used, reduces the impact of lighting changes on measurements. Thanks to this, we can get results up to 30% better than the traditional method of measuring with white light.

    What additionally distinguishes the MICRON3D green stereo scanner among the offers on the market is the use of high-quality two monochrome detectors, which allows for a more accurate representation of the structure of the scanned surface. Each object is scanned in Stereo Mode: from two independent directions at the same time, and the measurement result is a registered common part. The new projection method included in MICRON3D green stereo - Double Directed Stripes (DDS) means that the light stripes are now projected at each object perpendicularly – as were used in previous models and horizontally which is the novelty. Stereo Mode and DDS projection method technology results in lower uncertainty of scanning results, lower number of errors and noise reduction in scanning results.

    The shockproof carbon-fibre cover is temperature resistant while HAPA filers preserve it from dust.

    The MICRON3D green stereo scanner is dedicated mainly to the industrial sector and thanks to its properties it is ideally suited to quality control or reverse engineering.

    The latest SMARTTECH3D scanner will be presented for the first time on the British market during the TCT Show in Birmingham on September 24th-26th, 2019.

    We also invite you to the official lecture at the TCT Introducing Stage, which will take place on September 25th at 15:00. Our products will also be available at stand number E35.

    For further information, application support, demo or quotation requests  please contact us on 01582 764334 or click here to email.

    About Lambda Photometrics Ltd
    Lambda Photometrics is a leading UK Distributor of Characterisation, Measurement and Analysis solutions with particular expertise in Electronic/Scientific and Analytical Instrumentation, Laser and Light based products, Optics, Electro-optic Testing, Spectroscopy, Machine Vision, Optical Metrology, Fibre Optics and Microscopy.

    About SMARTTECH Ltd
    SMARTTECH3D is a recognised Polish manufacturer of 3D scanners in the world. The company was founded in 2000. The company's offer includes a full range of professional non-contact measuring devices for various applications, quality control, and reverse engineering software. SMARTTECH provides design-implementation services for advanced machine vision systems and 3D measurement services around the world. Satisfied customers include NASA, Boeing, Lufthansa, Orlen, Military Police, KRONES, Central Office of Measures as well as many educational units.

  • OptoTest Releases 16f MTP, Duplex LC, and CS Adapters for the OP-SPHR Integrating Sphere

    OptoTest is pleased to announce the release of new adapters for testing duplex LC (including unibody), 16f MTP, and CS connectors. With these adapters, insertion loss and return loss are tested across all fibres of the connectors without the need for moving or sliding the adapter.

    The new adapters were designed for the OP-SPHR Integrating Sphere to expand the testing capabilities of existing systems. Using the same magnetic interface as existing OP-SPHR adapters, the new adapters are easily interchangeable to accommodate testing hybrid cables and help to promote highly flexible production environments.

    A redesign of the OP-SPHR accommodates the higher fibre density that these new adapters call for and is backwards-compatible to existing adapters and applications, all while maintaining the stability and repeatability that OptoTest is known for. As the needs of customers evolve, they are committed to being a leader of innovation in fibre optic testing.

    For further information, application support, demo or quotation requests  please contact us on 01582 764334 or click here to email.

    Lambda Photometrics is a leading UK Distributor of Characterisation, Measurement and Analysis solutions with particular expertise in Electronic/Scientific and Analytical Instrumentation, Laser and Light based products, Optics, Electro-optic Testing, Spectroscopy, Machine Vision, Optical Metrology, Fibre Optics and Microscopy.

  • Lambda Photometrics Ltd partners with VSPARTICLE BV

    Lambda Photometrics has been appointed the technical distributor for VSPARTICLE in the UK and Ireland in support of the growth in the production and use of nanoparticles for a wide variety of applications. The nano particle generator, sizer and deposition chambers can be used to rapidly produce consistent materials at ambient temperatures without the need for highly complex processes.

    Ian Ramsay, Lambda’s Managing Director, said: “We are delighted that VSPARTICLE BV have chosen to work with Lambda in the UK and Ireland. VSPARTICLE 's innovative and simple to operate equipment can only be of benefit to our customers that need to produce nanoparticles for example, in the areas of Catalysis, Toxicology, micro and nano sensor fabrication, etc. We are all excited about this opportunity and are looking forward to working with the VSPARTICLE team”.

    Maarten Kamp, VSP Global Operations Manager, “We see a trend world-wide in combining expertise in characterisation, measurement and analysis with novel synthesis tools, so there is a strong connection between the activities of  Lambda and VSP. With their great team and extensive experience in sales and support we believe this will be an important collaboration to further speed up research, looking forward to it!”

    A table-top, user-friendly nanoparticle generator that is the basis of all VSPARTICLE products. With the VSP-G1, a stable and clean flow of well-defined pure nanoparticles can be generated, without the use of precursors, surfactants or highly complex equipment.

    Follow the links to see VSPs latest innovations:

    VSP-G1 Nanoparticle Generator

    VSP-A1 Diffusion Deposition

    VSP-A2 Filtration Deposition

    VSP-A3 Impaction Deposition

    Changing the Future with the touch of a button video: click here to see the video from VSPARTICLE.

    About Lambda Photometrics (Lambda)
    Lambda Photometrics Ltd is a leading supplier of equipment, for the characterisation, measurement and analysis of materials and devices.  Celebrating over 40 years of sales and support in the UK and Ireland, Lambda staff pride themselves on understanding customers applications and providing excellent communication, support and advice.

    About VSPARTICLE BV
    Born out of the TU Delft research and with over 20 years experience in the synthesis of aerosols, VSPARTICLE develop and manufacture equipment to enable automated nanoparticle production, applied to most elements in the periodic table.  We support this process by making nanoparticle-based manufacturing as easy as pushing a button and providing research and industry with the tools to rapidly advance the field of nanotechnology.

    To speak with a sales/applications engineers please email us at contact@lambdaphoto.co.uk  or call us on 01582 764334.

  • The 3D scanner in a unique design for creating an anatomical baby bottle

    Today, the accessory industry for newborns and infants is a dynamically developing business sector. Manufacturers compete to invent increasingly sophisticated and creative products designed to help young parents in caring for their children. Among the many colourful and often unnecessary products, there are exceptional products that are designed to really help and support parents to create normality where it’s not always possible.

    A bottle of the future
    One such unique product is the personalised “New Eve” milk dispenser. Created by designer Beata Nikolajczyk - Miniak, it has been awarded many times in various prestigious competitions. The design of this innovative baby milk bottle is the shape of a female breast. It’s designed this way to reproduce the experience of natural feeding in situations where it is not always possible. It was created on the basis of research supported by the financial resources of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

    The process of creating a bottle started with a questionnaire dedicated to mothers feeding naturally, distributed on social networks and made available in various charitable institutions. The study involved 100 women whose breasts were sized on the basis of collected data from two angles - front view and a cross-section view. The irregular shape of the female breast was able to be reproduced using the most modern 3D scanning technology within the new SMARTTECH3D scanner. The scanner operates with structural white LED light technology and measures a field of 300x200mm in only 0.2 seconds. Because it’s using light, the measurement is completely safe for the human body.

    3D scanning itself involves obtaining information about the shape, and geometry of an object and creating its virtual digital copy. As a result of scanning, a cloud of points is obtained,  meaning a set of reflecting surfaces of the scanned object. They are described by three X, Y, Z coordinates and can also store object colour information. Then a triangle mesh is created from these points. Thanks to this, the shape of the object is reflected in detail using a set of several million small triangles.

    Gathering data about the shape of the nipple was done using only the 3D scanner, which was able to take the geometric dimensions: width, length, and height of the nipple. Using SMARTTECH3Dmeasure, a detailed analysis was able to generate precise calculations of the examined surface including indentations, inequalities occurring on the nipple surface and it was also possible to see an enlarged view of the nipple-areola surface.

    Warmth, closeness, and security enclosed in the shape of a mother's breast
    Averaging the results and analysing the relationship between the proportions of individual parts of the breast collected from all the tests on the nipple measurements contributed to the formation of the bottle in the shape closest to the natural breast. Observation of the nipple itself helped to design the shape and structure of the element responsible for the outflow of milk.

    This research was how the revolutionary "New Eve" milk dispenser was created, which has both the anatomical and sensory features of a mother's breast. Apart from being a similar shape, “New Eve” mimics the colour, feeling, and even temperature of a natural breast, by integrating a heating element. In the construction of the dispenser, a material of variable thickness was used, which is thinnest and most flexible near the nipple, but thicker at the base which also helps to dissipate heat. The feeling of the milk temperature in the dispenser is also directly related to its shape, which allows the newborn to comfortably cuddle to the larger surface of the "warm breast". The "New Eve" milk dispenser is a revolutionary project in the baby products industry and will certainly find a wide range of interested recipients. It would not have been created without the use of 3D scanners, which helped most accurately reproduce the ideal shape of a woman's breast.

    The bottle design itself has already been awarded many times at both the national and international competitions. This project, among others, was a finalist in the international contest make me! organised by Łódź Design Festival - one of the most important international competitions for designers of the young generation. In addition, the bottle was noticed by the world-class jury in the Red dot competition and qualified for the finals.

    For further information, application support, demo or quotation requests  please contact us on 01582 764334 or click here to email.

    Beata Nikolajczyk-Miniak
    A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. Since 2012, she has been an assistant at the Faculty of Design and Interior Architecture at her alma mater. She is an enthusiast of sustainable design and activities promoting science, especially research. She is also a winner of many awards, regularly co-creates and participates in various types of open-air workshops and artistic events. In reality, she uses the possibilities that modern technological development offers, and also appreciates the functionality and aesthetics of the product.

    SMARTTECH was established in year 2000 by the group of doctors and researcher from Warsaw University of Technology under the leadership of Prof, dr. hab. Mrs. Malgorzata Kujawinska who also was the inventor of the technology. The Company from the very beginning was focused on 3D data acquisition, using optical method using fringes projection systems. Since almost 20 years we have been upgrading the measurement method by redesigning and implementing the latest optical and projection solutions, to our measurement algorithm, providing the most accurate and reliable results for the most demanding customers of total 300 number of implementations all over the world.

    Lambda Photometrics is a leading UK Distributor of Characterisation, Measurement and Analysis solutions with particular expertise in Electronic/Scientific and Analytical Instrumentation, Laser and Light based products, Optics, Electro-optic Testing, Spectroscopy, Machine Vision, Optical Metrology, Fibre Optics and Microscopy.

  • SXRTO Oscilloscopes Explained

    Pico Technology have launched their latest 5 GHz SXRTO Sampler Extended Real Time Oscilloscope, but what is SXRTO. Learn more about the benefits and cost savings compared to Real Time Oscilloscopes, RTO below.

    The real-time oscilloscope
    Real-time oscilloscopes (RTOs) are designed with a high enough sampling rate to capture a transient, non-repetitive signal with the instrument’s specified analogue bandwidth. According to Nyquist’s sampling theorem, for accurate capture and display of the signal the scope’s sampling rate must be at least twice the signal bandwidth. Typical high-bandwidth RTOs exceed this sampling rate by perhaps a factor of two, achieving up to four samples per cycle, or three samples in a minimum-width impulse.

    Equivalent-time sampling
    For signals close to or above the RTO’s Nyquist limit, many RTOs can switch to a mode called equivalent-time sampling (ETS). In this mode the scope collects as many samples as it can for each of many trigger events, each trigger contributing more and more samples and detail in a reconstructed waveform. Critical to alignment of these samples is a separate and precise measurement of time between each trigger and the next occurring sample clock.
    After a large number of trigger events the scope has enough samples to display the waveform with the desired time resolution. This is called the effective sampling resolution (the inverse of the effective sampling rate), which is many times higher than is possible in real-time (non-ETS) mode.
    As this technique relies on a random relationship between trigger events and the sampling clock, it is more correctly called random equivalent-time sampling (or sometimes random interleaved sampling, RIS). It can only be used for repetitive signals – those that vary little from one trigger event to the next.

    The sampler-extended real-time oscilloscope (SXRTO)
    The PicoScope 9404 SXRTO has a maximum effective sampling rate in ETS of 1 TS/s. This corresponds to a timing resolution of 1ps, 2000 times higher than its actual maximum sampling rate.
    The PicoScope 9404-05 SXRTO has an analogue bandwidth of 5 GHz. This means that it requires a sampling rate of at least 10 GS/s, but for an accurate reconstruction of wave shape, we need far higher than this. The PicoScope 9404 gives us 200 sample points in a single cycle at 5 GHz and 140 points in a minimum-width impulse.

    So is the SXRTO a sampling scope?
    All this talk of sampling rates and sampling modes may suggest that the SXRTO is a type of sampling scope, but this is not the case. The name sampling scope, by convention, refers to a different kind of instrument. A sampling scope uses a programmable delay generator to take samples at regular intervals after each trigger event. The technique is called sequential equivalent-time sampling and is the principle behind the PicoScope 9300 Series sampling scopes. These scopes can achieve very high effective sampling rates but have two main drawbacks: they cannot capture data before the trigger event, and they require a separate trigger signal – either from an external source or from a built-in clock-recovery module.
    We’ve compiled a table to show the differences between the types of scopes mentioned on this page. The example products are all compact, 4-channel, USB PicoScopes.

    *Higher-bandwidth real-time oscilloscopes are available from other manufacturers.
    **These functions are possible at low sampling rates, up to 1 MS/s.

    Click HERE for further information, application support, demo or quotation requests  please contact us on 01582 764334 or click  to email.

    Lambda Photometrics is a leading UK Distributor of Characterisation, Measurement and Analysis solutions with particular expertise in Electronic/Scientific and Analytical Instrumentation, Laser and Light based products, Optics, Electro-optic Testing, Spectroscopy, Machine Vision, Optical Metrology, Fibre Optics and Microscopy.

  • New Rigol MSO8000 Series Oscilloscope Offers 2GHz Analogue Bandwidth and 7 Instruments in 1.

    The NEW Rigol Technologies MSO8000 Series of oscilloscopes combine best in class sampling (10 GSa/sec) and memory depth (500MPts) with a modern, flexible User Interface enabled by their new UltraVision II architecture and innovative Phoenix Chipset.

    Three models available from 600 MHz to 2GHz, each with 4 analogue channels, and MSO ready the 8000 Series brings innovative analysis and visualisation capabilities to embedded design, power analysis, serial decode, and RF applications. Analyse your critical signals with zone triggering, 7 instruments in 1, Enhanced FFTs, colour grading, and histograms and now with Real-time eye diagram and jitter analysis. All supported by high sample rate, deep memory, and full memory measurements. The NEW 8000 Series Oscilloscopes provide unprecedented value and innovation.

    For further information, application support, demo or quotation requests  please contact us on 01582 764334 or click here to email.

    Lambda Photometrics is a leading UK Distributor of Characterisation, Measurement and Analysis solutions with particular expertise in Electronic/Scientific and Analytical Instrumentation, Laser and Light based products, Optics, Electro-optic Testing, Spectroscopy, Machine Vision, Optical Metrology, Fibre Optics and Microscopy.

  • Nikon Metrology NV and Pixelink Announce New Strategic Partnership

    Delivering a Selection of High Quality Industrial Microscopy Cameras to Fulfil the Needs of Mid-range Customer Requirements

    Nikon Metrology NV, innovator in measuring and precision instruments, and Pixelink, leader in design and manufacturer of high quality industrial cameras. Today, the two companies announced they are entering into a strategic partnership to accelerate sales of affordable industrial microscopy cameras in Europe. As part of this collaboration, Nikon Metrology NV will distribute Pixelink cameras as stand-alone solutions or integrated with Nikon NIS-Elements Microscope Imaging Software.

    Pixelink industrial microscopy cameras, featuring USB 3.0 connectivity, the latest high-resolution CMOS sensors, and global or rolling shutter technology, offer high quality image acquisition and maximum performance. The M-Series high definition cameras offer rapid refresh rates, crisp live images, fluid navigation, and fast focusing. Available from 4MP to 15MP resolution, the cameras perfectly complement Nikon Metrology NV products and are ideal for use in a wide range of industrial/material science applications.

    Nikon Metrology is very excited about this new partnership with Pixelink,” comments Bill Clement, Business Development Director, Nikon Metrology. “The selected Pixelink M-series camera models will greatly complement our camera offerings by providing each of our customers an optimal industrial microscopy solution to meet their application needs at an affordable price.

    The strategic partnership with Nikon Metrology NV is indeed very exciting. These cameras are fully integrated with Nikon NIS software and can easily be used in conjunction with Nikon’s state-of-the-art vision measuring instruments,” adds Lisanne Glavin, General Manager at Pixelink.

    Camera models now available through Nikon Metrology NV include the M5DC Versatile, M12BC Fast 4K, M4C Measurement and the M15C Documentation. All cameras come in a rugged cylindrical housing bundled with a 2M industrial USB 3.0 cable and Pixelink Capture image acquisition software.

    For further information, application support, demo or quotation requests  please contact us on 01582 764334 or click here to email.

    Lambda Photometrics is a leading UK Distributor of Characterisation, Measurement and Analysis solutions with particular expertise in Electronic/Scientific and Analytical Instrumentation, Laser and Light based products, Optics, Electro-optic Testing, Spectroscopy, Machine Vision, Optical Metrology, Fibre Optics and Microscopy.

  • Phenom Pharos Wins Analytical Scientist Innovation Award!

    The Thermo Scientific™ Phenom Pharos Desktop SEM has been voted second place in the Analytical Scientist Innovation Awards 2018! The microscope – which was introduced in August 2018 – is the flagship of the Phenom Desktop SEM product range.

    The Phenom Pharos is the first desktop SEM solution from us that includes a field emission gun (FEG). It is easy to operate and incorporates an advanced hardware design for fast time-to-image and simple handling. A wide range of academic and industrial researchers now have access to the benefits of FEG in a desktop model, which can increase their throughput and result in high-quality images and resolution.

    In addition to providing advanced detectors that can acquire high-quality images with magnifications up to 1,000,000 times, the Phenom Pharos microscope offers researchers:

    • Access to sharp, high-contrast images with resolutions <3 nanometers
    • An intuitive user interface that enables researchers to get a live image in less than 25 seconds after inserting the sample
    • High-resolution imaging that can be obtained simultaneously with analytical techniques

    Potential impact

    In the past, only highly-experienced scientists have been able to operate and benefit from FEG- equipped scanning electron microscopes (SEM), but Phenom Pharos brings the benefits of FEG to users with different experience levels; it is easy to use, and installation can be done without the need for special room requirements. Installation is fully automated and once initialised, the user interface enables researchers, students and operators alike to analyze images and corresponding details at the nanoscale, from visualising multiwall carbon nanotubes to capturing high-resolution imaging of Ag nanoparticles.

    Learn more about the Phenom Pharos  

    For more information please email or call 01582 764334.

    Lambda Photometrics is a leading UK Distributor of Characterisation, Measurement and Analysis solutions with particular expertise in Electronic/Scientific and Analytical Instrumentation, Laser and Light based products, Optics, Electro-optic Testing, Spectroscopy, Machine Vision, Optical Metrology, Fibre Optics and Microscopy.

  • Baumer wins the inspect award 2019 with its CX.I cameras

    The Baumer CX.I cameras with their outstanding performance convinced the expert panel and participants of the online poll on the inspect award 2019 and were awarded 1st prize in the Vision category. The prize that is annually awarded by Wiley-VCH publishers recognises special innovation in the area of industrial image processing. An expert panel selects the best 10 products each in the categories Vision, Automation and Control. From these, more than 45000 readers of the magazines inspect and messtec drives Automation as well as from other online portals were asked to select their favourite in an online voting process.

    The Baumer CX.I cameras gained headway with their overall concept that offers increased performance. For example, thanks to an expanded operating temperature range of -40°C to 70°C, no additional cooling or heating devices are necessary, which allows rapid and cost-effective system integration. 4 power outputs with pulse width modulation and an output power of up to 120W (max. 48V / 2.5A) allow direct lighting control and make additional components unnecessary. With exposure times from 1µs and frame rates of up to 1000 fps, the cameras can be deployed across industries flexibly and in demanding applications. The patented modular tube system allows lenses of different lengths to be protected against dust and dirt rapidly and flexibly using a variable number of extension rings. And when the demands are even greater, specially developed IP 65/67 and IP 69K housing accessories transform the CX.I cameras to IP 65/67 or IP 69K cameras in no time at all for use in hygienic areas of the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.

    Why not give us a call now on 01582 764334 if you would like a free trial of the camera or click here to email.

    Further information on our Machine Vision camera series click here.

    Lambda Photometrics is a leading UK Distributor of Characterisation, Measurement and Analysis solutions with particular expertise in Electronic/Scientific and Analytical Instrumentation, Laser and Light based products, Optics, Electro-optic Testing, Spectroscopy, Machine Vision, Optical Metrology, Fibre Optics and Microscopy.

     

  • Why SEM is a valuable technique for nanoparticle characterisation

    The continuous increase of microscopic particles’ use in a huge range of applications has created the need of accurate control of their properties. I will explain why the use of precise monitoring and characterisation of particles is required and how scanning electron microscopy can prove to be a valuable characterisation method for you. Especially due to its versatility and superior spatial resolution.

    The term “particle” is quite a general term as it describes any discrete sub-portion of a substance. It can range from the subatomic scale with the study of particles (size of 10-15 m), to the microscopic range with atoms (0.3Å) and molecules (nm-μm), up to the macroscopic scale that can include particles of dust, dirt, skin (mm-cm) or even planets of a galaxy (~ 10−6m in the case of Earth). So, the understanding of a precise definition for “particles” is quite a difficult task. Therefore the common understanding is that particles can vary greatly in terms of size and shape.

    Microscopic particles: why are they so interesting?

    But let’s focus on one of the categories of particles as described above, the microscopic particles. This category of particles is exceptionally interesting since they are used in a huge range of applications, such as ceramics, the food industry, electronics, polymers and plastics, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. It has been proven that the size and shape of such particles influence the properties of the materials.

    In principle, most of the materials are size dependent; the physical properties of materials at the nanoscale can differ from the constant physical properties of the same material existing in bulk form. There are several factors for this behaviour. First, as we move to nm dimensions, classical mechanics can no longer describe the processes and should be replaced by quantum mechanics. Moreover, the surface to volume ratio increases greatly, potentially affecting certain properties of the materials (Fig 1).

    Fig 1: Increased surface to volume ratio for materials comprised of particles compared to bulk.

    Nanomaterials with altered properties

    There are many examples of nanomaterials with altered properties compared to their bulk counterparts. For instance, the optical properties of gold are very different in bulk and in nanoscale. We all know that gold is yellow, however this is not true for gold nanoparticles. Their colour can vary from purple to red, depending on their size (Fig 2). Also, ZnO nanoparticles do not scatter visible light in contrast to their bulk counterparts, which are used for sunscreen creams.

    Fig 2: Change in the optical properties of gold as the size of its particles decreases.

    But it is not only the optical properties that alter, the electrical properties can also differ at the nanoscale. Some materials that act as conductors in bulk can become semiconductors and vice versa. So it becomes evident that the size of the particles is an important factor that can affect their properties in many diverse applications.

    For example, it can affect the delivery efficiency in medical applications, the reactivity and the dissolution rate in catalytic processes, their appearance when used as coatings and inks, and the porosity of the products in ceramics. Particles of such size are very appealing for medical applications as drug delivery agents due to their increased surface to volume ratio and their ability to absorb and carry several compounds.

    Besides size, the shape of the particles is also a decisive factor that can affect the properties of the materials and thus the product in which they are used. In a similar manner as size, shape can alter the texture and feel of food ingredients, the flowability and reactivity of agents used in medical or other applications. Furthermore, other particle characteristics, such as convexity and circularity, are important as they can also affect their properties.

    Obtaining images of particles

    Fig 3: Particle metric workspace. On top, the acquired SEM image is processed and the particles are identified. At the bottom, the results of the analysis are shown; size and shape distribution as well as important characteristics of the particles are shown.

    It is obvious that the tunability of these particles is fascinating and has gathered the focus of many research groups around the world due to their great potential in applications and their huge variety. In principle, the properties of materials can be finely tuned by engineering their size and shape. To achieve this, many characterisation techniques have been employed in order to obtain the so-called particle shape and size distribution.

    Obtaining images of particles comes along with challenges as usually a statistical outcome of the measurement would be ideal. For such purposes an automated analysis program such as Particle Metric (Fig 3) can help. It combines high-resolution electron imaging with an automated analysis and classification of particles in your image. This depends not only on their size and shape, but also many other characteristic such as the convexity, circularity, surface and volume of the particles.

     

     

    About the author:
    Antonis Nanakoudis is Application Engineer at Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in serving science. Antonis is extremely motivated by the capabilities of the Phenom desktop SEM on various applications and is constantly looking to explore the opportunities that it offers for innovative characterisation methods..

    For further information, application support, demo or quotation requests  please contact us on 01582 764334 or click here to email.

    Lambda Photometrics is a leading UK Distributor of Characterisation, Measurement and Analysis solutions with particular expertise in Electronic/Scientific and Analytical Instrumentation, Laser and Light based products, Optics, Electro-optic Testing, Spectroscopy, Machine Vision, Optical Metrology, Fibre Optics and Microscopy.

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