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
Available quality systems
Measurlabs validated method
Device types

Pricing and online order

Price per sample (Excl. VAT):
420 €

We also charge a 97 € service fee per order.

Large batches of samples are eligible for discounts.

Samples are entered during checkout.

Our experts review all orders to ensure the testing method is suitable for your needs and samples.

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