Washington University at St. Louis, USA selects IMS 7f-GEO
Dec. 2012: CAMECA is pleased to announce receipt of a IMS 7f-GEO order from Washington University at St. Louis, USA (WUSTL). Prof. David Fike was successful on a NSF/MRI bid for the project in Geochemistry, with support from Physics & Cosmochemistry (Prof. Christine Floss). WUSTL is a world reknowned institution for, among other research, astrophysics and cosmochemistry studies of pre-solar system grains. WUSTL (Prof. Ernst Zinner Group) is already equipped with two CAMECA SIMS: the IMS 3f (still functioning well!) and the very first production NanoSIMS 50 instrument. The IMS 7f-GEO will be housed in the adjacent Earth & Planetary Sciences building to be used mainly by Prof. Fike for stable isotope bio-geochemical studies, and by other Geochemists and the Physics/SIMS group. Prof. Fike plans to hold workshops and courses relating to SIMS after the 7f-GEO is on-site and running by end of 2013. CAMECA looks forward to participating and supporting!
CAMECA Atom Probe to support research in solar cells and battery systems at Forschungszentrum Jülich
November 2012: Forschungszentrum Jülich has selected our LEAP 4000X for its unique capability to characterize solar cell and battery system materials down to the atomic level, and to understand processes that occur at their surface. Located in Germany, Forschungszentrum Jülich is one of the largest interdisciplinary research centres in Europe. The tool will be installed at the Ernst Ruska Center ER-C building, operated by the newly introduced central institute for engineering, electronics and analytics (ZEA-3).
1st LEAP Users Meeting in China
Nov. 7-8 2012: the first Chinese LEAP Atom Probe users meeting will be hosted by Shanghai University, bringing together nearly 40 participants from a dozen research institutes and universities throughout China. Day one will be devoted to presentations of LEAP based research projects by our users, a software specific workshop will follow on Nov. 8.
4th School on Atom Probe Tomography, Rouen, France, Oct 19-24
The GPM (Groupe de Physique des Matériaux) organizes an international atom probe tomography school in Rouen from 19 to 24 October 2012. The school is dedicated to PhD students and researchers starting with APT, it will provide a thorough background on the principles of the atom probe with a special emphasis on up-to-date techniques (laser-pulsing, DLD detectors, FIB specimen preparation). An additional series of lectures and practical demos will focus on APT characterization of semiconductor materials. Registration is free of charge and can be made directly at this link.
European Atom Probe Workshop & FlexTAP inauguration, MINATEC campus, Grenoble, France, Oct 4-5
The CAMECA FlexTAP recently acquired by CEA Leti and installed on the nanocharacterization platform of MINATEC Campus will be inaugurated next October. On this occasion, CEA-Leti and the GPM Rouen are co-organizing a European Atom Probe Workshop, Oct. 4-5. The seminar is free of charge but space is limited. Deadline for registrations and contributions is Sep. 12. Download the preliminary program and call for contribution.
19th "CAMUS" EPMA user meeting
Oct 3-5 2012: We are pleased to host the 19th German language EPMA user meeting at our Gennevilliers headquarters! Co-organized by CAMECA and Dr Hans-Peter Meyer of Heidelberg University, this 19th "CAMUS workshop" will gather 30 electron microprobe experts from Germany and Austria in order to discuss applications and methods, and increase inter lab communication. A demo of our SXFiveFE Field Emission microprobe is also on the agenda.
Korea Institute of Science & Technology (KIST) orders a LEAP 4000X HR Atom Probe
September 2012: KIST has just ordered a LEAP 4000X HR microscope which will be the 6th 3D Atom Probe in operation in Korea. Founded in 1966, KIST is a premier multi-disciplinary research institute in Korea. The LEAPX HR will be installed within KIST's Advanced Analytical Center (AAC), whose research projects address critical challenges in the field of nanotechnology, bio- and environmental sciences. Dr Ahn Jae Pyung's team will use the instrument for characterizing nanomaterials and nanodevices.
CAMECA LEAP poduct manager wins EDFAS photo contest
Our LEAP product manager Robert Ulfig has won the photo contest for the cover of Electronic Device Failure Analysis August 2012 issue. It features the 3D mapping of an Indium rich quantum wells shorted by a V-defect with Mg at the core. Click here for a larger view: The analysis depth displayed is approximately 160nm. For clarity, only a fraction of the atoms are displayed.Grey: Ga and N atoms - Red: Mg atoms - Blue: Isoconcentration surfaces of the In QWs where In > 0.25 at%.
UFRGS in Brazil selects CAMECA's SXFive
August 2012: we are very proud to announce the first SXFive order from Brazil, received from the Institute of Geosciences at University of Rio Grande do Sul. The instrument will be installed at the EPMA lab within the Center for Petrology and Geochemistry studies (CPGq) at UFRGS. The lab under leadership of Profa. Márcia Elisa Boscato Gomes is accessed by a wide community of scientists so that EPMA applications will go far beyond geology to include a wide spectrum of material sciences, physics and chemistry research topics.
CAMECA Taiwan receives TSMC Supplier Service Appreciation Award
Yung Tang and Sam Lue, respectively Country and Service Manager for CAMECA Taiwan have received an award from TSMC for outstanding support provided by the CAMECA LEXES team at Fab 12. This recognition from a world-leading semiconductor manufacturer demonstrates the high level of customer service offered by CAMECA.
Two prestigious institutions in Germany have chosen Atom Probe Tomography for their cutting-edge research projects
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology has ordered a LEAP 4000X-HR that will be installed at the Nano Micro Facility (KNMF) under leadership of Prof. M. Heilmaier. KNMF is a user institution which supplies modern methods for structuring and characterizing functional materials on a micro and nano scale. Main tasks of the new LEAP 4000X-HR will be the atomic resolved chemical characterization of complex multi-phase materials.
RWTH Aachen University has ordered a LEAP 4000X-Si to equip the Chair of New Materials within the Institute of Physics. The instrument will be primarily applied to a project on nanoswitches aiming at the development of new concepts in data storage.
Inauguration of the new Large Geometry SIMS laboratory at the Joint Research Center, Institute for Transuranium Elements (JRC-ITU), Karlsruhe, Germany
1 June 2012: the official inauguration of the IMS 1280-HR lab took place in the presence of the European Commission Directorate General Energy, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and member states representatives. The event was widely covered by media and interesting videos may be viewed online (in German) . The new IMS 1280-HR laboratory will clearly reinforce JRC-ITU positioning among the few laboratories in the world that can provide the highly specialized analytical methods and techniiques needed for nuclear material safeguards.
CAMECA launches new dynamic SIMS instrument: IMS 7f-Auto for high throughput, fully automated microanalysis
14 May 2012: CAMECA has unveiled the latest model of its successful IMS 7f Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer, the IMS 7f-Auto, designed to deliver ultimate precision elemental and isotopic analyses with increased ease-of-use and productivity. More details are available in the press release: pdf (50kB). Full product information will soon be available on this site.
Two NATURE papers demonstrate successful use of Multi-Isotope Imaging Mass Spectrometry for studying living organisms
Pr Lechêne et al. published two articles in the same NATURE issue of 26 Jan. 2012. They designed experiments involving labeling living tissues with stable isotopes on two main topics:
- testing the immortal-strand hypothesis which predicts that during asymmetric stem cell division chromosomes containing older template DNA are segregated to the daughter destined to remain a stem cell, thus insuring lifetime genetic stability;
- revealing that a rapid protein turnover is occuring in hair-cell stereocilia only at the tips and not by a treadmilling process.
Click here for an animated 3D view of the protein turnover.
In both studies the unique capabilities of the CAMECA NanoSIMS ion microprobe were necessary: high spatial resolution together with high mass resolution and high transmission.
IVAS Release 3.6.2
April 2012: The latest version of the Integrated Visualization and Analysis Software for CAMECA LEAP Atom Probes includes several improvements and fixes to enhance the usability of the features introduced with the 3.6 version (released in May 2011). Users under a service contract will or have receive(d) instructions on how to update their software. If you are not under a service contract, please contact your local CAMECA representative for details.
CAMECA SIMS: Supporting Clean Energy R&D
Several of our most recent IMS 7f and IMS Wf/SCU customers are world-leading companies and research institutes in solar energy and LED lighting. The Engineering Research Center for Luminescence Materials & Devices at Nanchang University, China just took delivery of its IMS 7f. Three major players in the Asian LED and PV cell industry also selected CAMECA SIMS, confirming the great potential of our instruments to boost research and improve product performance of PV and LED devices. For more information on SIMS capabilities for R&D and process control of novel LED structures, you may request a copy of our SIMS for LEDs Application Note.