Cross-section SEM imaging + freeze fracturing preparation

A cross-section sample is prepared using freeze fracturing: the sample is frozen in liquid nitrogen (-195 C°), followed by cracking.

The cracked surface is then imaged with a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Several images of the sample surface with varying magnifications are taken.

The method is suitable for relatively thin and small samples. Appropriate thickness depends on the hardness of the material and the size of the samples but is typically < 1 mm.

Suitable sample matrices
Solid films, solid pieces
Typical turnaround time
3 weeks after receiving the samples
Quality system
Measurlabs validated method
Device types
Method expert
Charlotte Zborowski

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First sample (VAT 0):
550 €
Additional samples (VAT 0):
420 €per sample
If you have a large number of samples, contact us for a possible discount.

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