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Milled shale sample

Shale sample milled by the V400ACE FIB microscope

Taken by V400ACE microscope

Sample: shale
Voltage: 30 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 59.6 μm
Spot: 80 pA

Field Electron Emission Elements

The scanning electron microscopes (SEM)-image of field emitters, formed by focused ion beam milling. The diameter of each tip less than 100 nm.

Courtesy of Alexey Kolomiytsev

Taken by DualBeam microscope

Magnification: 57,947x
Detector: SE
Voltage: 10 kV
Vacuum: high vacuum
Horizontal Field Width: 4.42 μm
Working Distance: 5.1 mm
Spot: 3.0 nA


ZnO-Nanostructures grown through each other.

Courtesy of Peter Heß

Taken by Nova NanoSEM microscope

Magnification: 20,000x
Detector: SE
Voltage: 3 kV
Vacuum: 0.0000277526 mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 15 μm
Working Distance: 4.9
Spot: 3

Large depth of field.

Automotive light bulb filament.


Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 175X
Detector: SE
Voltage: 10 kV
Vacuum: 1.6e-6 mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 1,71 mm
Working Distance: 45.8
Spot: 3.2

Silicon Star

Large-Angle Convervent Beam Electron Diffraction (LACBED) pattern of Si <111>

Courtesy of Mr. Erico Freitas , Centro de Microscopia/Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Taken by Tecnai microscope

Magnification: 970mm
Sample: Silicon
Detector: Eagle CCD camera
Voltage: 200 kV
Spot: 9

Artificial Feather

Image of a synthetic feather; courtesy of student Kamille Gomez.

Courtesy of Alyssa Calabro

Taken by Quanta 3D microscope

Star shape percipitation

While I was exploring my laser clad sample, I found this beautiful star shining on the screen.

Courtesy of Mr. SEYYED HABIB ALAVI , Oklahoma State University

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 29000
Sample: Laser clad steel
Detector: SE
Voltage: 20 kV
Working Distance: 10.5
Spot: 6.0


Surface of activated carbon used as adsorbent in water treatment processes. Activated carbons are porous nature materials with high internal surface which gives them excellent adsorbent properties. This carbon has been prepared from biomass waste, specifically from walnut shells.

Courtesy of Dr. Maria Carbajo , UNIVERSIDAD DE EXTREMADURA

Taken by Quanta 3D microscope

Magnification: 700x
Sample: Activated carbon
Detector: SE
Voltage: 5 kV
Vacuum: 10-3 Pa
Horizontal Field Width: 250 μm
Working Distance: 10 mm
Spot: 5.0

Caterpillar Mouth

The image shows detail of the mouthparts of a caterpillar, showing the sensory organs on the tip of one maxillary palpus.

Courtesy of Miranda Waldron

Taken by Nova NanoSEM microscope

Magnification: 60,000x
Sample: caterpillar
Detector: TLD (SE)
Voltage: 5 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 497 um
Working Distance: 3.2 mm
Spot: 2 nA

Petroleum reservoir

Picture of sandstone, colourised to show constituents: quartz, feldspar and kaolinite clay

Courtesy of jim buckman

Taken by XL SEM microscope


This image shows graphene over Si substrate. The image was acquired using an ultra low voltage electron beam (100V), this is why graphene shows such a solid contrast comparing to 1-2 kV common images.

Courtesy of Mr. Marcos Rosado , Institut Catala de Nanociencia i Nanotecnologia

Taken by Magellan XHR SEM microscope

Magnification: 100.000x
Sample: Graphene on Silicon
Detector: TLD
Voltage: 100V
Vacuum: High Vacuum
Horizontal Field Width: 3 µm
Working Distance: 2 mm
Spot: 25 pA

Wrapped particle

A strip of a gold layer is wrapped around a spherical gold particle. Thereby the microstructure of the underlying copper substrate is revealed.

Courtesy of Mr. Joern Leuthold , Institute of Materials Physics, WWU Muenster

Taken by Nova NanoSEM microscope

Magnification: 15000x
Sample: Gold on copper
Detector: vCd
Voltage: 5 kV - LE 3 keV
Vacuum: 3E-6 mbar
Horizontal Field Width: 20 µm
Working Distance: 5.6 mm
Spot: 3

Bacteria on the Body of an aphid

Aphids excrete glucose-enriched liquids that seem to be a good breeding ground for different kinds of bacteria, as seen here.

Courtesy of Oliver Meckes

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 20 000x
Sample: Bacteria, biological
Detector: SE+BSE
Voltage: 5 kv
Vacuum: high
Working Distance: 10mm
Spot: 3


cross section image of a copper electrode

Courtesy of Mrs. Martina Dienstleder , ZFE Graz

Taken by DualBeam microscope

Sample: copper
Detector: SE
Voltage: 5kV
Horizontal Field Width: 4,33µm
Working Distance: 5.1

Au islands grown on MoS2

Au islands grown on MoS2

Courtesy of Dr. Benedykt R. Jany , Marian Smoluchowski Institute of Physics Jagiellonian University Krakow

Taken by Quanta 3D microscope

Horizontal Field Width: 2.98μm

Chopped woodpile

Rough cut into structured IP photoresist. Structure was written with the 3D laser lithography system Nanoscribe. The "woodpile" was milled for an inside analysis.

Courtesy of Dr. Thomas Loeber , TU Kaiserslautern NSC

Taken by Helios NanoLab microscope

Magnification: 3,500
Sample: IP photoresist
Detector: SE
Voltage: 2 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 59,2
Working Distance: 3,7

Saliva Bacteria C. Krusei

This highly diverse microflora inhabits the various surfaces of the normal mouth

Courtesy of Mr. Hassan Ismail , Universiti Malaya

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 5,000 x
Sample: Bacteria cells
Detector: ETD
Voltage: 5 kV
Vacuum: High Vacuum
Working Distance: 12.9 mm
Spot: 3.0

Micro Unicorn

A rare sighting in a Scanning Electron Microscope, behold the Micro Unicorn!

Courtesy of Dr. Joshua Schumacher , National Institute of Standards and Technology

Taken by Helios NanoLab microscope

Magnification: 6500
Detector: ETD SE
Voltage: 5 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 23.0
Working Distance: 4.0

Deprocessing Endpointing 01

Deprocessing Endpointing 01, Helios G4 PFIB

Taken by Helios G4 PFIB microscope

A visual journey into the unexplored realm of rocks: three-dimensional reconstructed image of the pyrite structures within Marcellus Shale rock matrix

3D model has been reconstructed from approximately 2,000 (10 nm thick) FIB-SEM (S-n-V) images using Avizo 9.0 software.

Courtesy of Mr. Jan Goral , National Energy and Technology Laboratory

Taken by DualBeam microscope

Silica Microsphere and Polymer Impact

A silica microsphere (3.7um dia.) impacts a polymer composite comprising 20nm thick hard and soft layers. Initially the layers were aligned in the vertical direction and deformed by the 1.1km/s speed impact.

Courtesy of Jae-Hwang Lee

Taken by Helios NanoLab microscope

Magnification: 17,500x
Sample: Self-assembled block copolymer (PS-b-PDMS)
Detector: SE TLD
Voltage: 2kV
Horizontal Field Width: 7.31 um
Working Distance: 4.1 mm

ZnO Compound eyes

Mid-phase structure of ZnO doped with Al, grown in CVD system at 1000 C. Structure was enclosed in trap and not fully ripened.

Courtesy of Dr. Abdul Majid , Majmaah University

Taken by Quanta SEM microscope

Magnification: 37973
Sample: ZnO:Al
Detector: SE
Voltage: 5 KV
Vacuum: HV
Horizontal Field Width: 5 um
Working Distance: 6.7 mm
Spot: 2.5

Lithium Ions into Bulk Silicon

When intercalating Lithium ions into bulk silicon,the expansion of the host materrial is tremedous and provokes the formation of features with varius shapes: volcanoes, rifts, etc.

Courtesy of Frans Holthuysen

Taken by Nova NanoSEM microscope

Magnification: 400x
Detector: SE
Voltage: 7 KV
Working Distance: 10 mm
Spot: 3 nA

Carbon Ash Grain

Sample is carbon ash grain produced by diesel engine.

Courtesy of Yousef Abu Salha

Taken by Inspect microscope

Magnification: 2112x
Detector: ETD
Voltage: 10 KV
Vacuum: N.A.
Horizontal Field Width: 140 micrometers
Working Distance: 11.8mm
Spot: 4 nA

Royal Gates

Part of integrated curcuit http://npimport.ru

Courtesy of Ms. Marina Frolova , JSC Nanopromimport

Taken by Inspect microscope

Magnification: 3927
Sample: IC
Detector: ETD
Voltage: 10 kV
Horizontal Field Width: 76 μm
Working Distance: 10
Spot: 2.5