Surface Morphology


Surface Morphology is a subset of Analytical Imaging, which is an advanced form of high spatial resolution imaging that uses sophisticated microscopes to produce images of products, samples and objects that cannot be seen with the naked eye.  Such images originates from the exposed surface of the sample or product.

Surface Imaging Information

    • Surface structures & defects
    • Atomic or Nano-scale structures & defects exposed by cross-section or FIB

Analytical Imaging Techniques

    • Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM)
    • Focused Ion Beam – Scanning Electron Microscopy (FIB-SEM)
    • High Resolution Optical Microscopy
    • Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM)
    • Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
    • Ultra High Resolution-SEM (UHR-SEM)

Fundamental Probes that produce images

  • Electron beam techniques:  SEM, FIB-SEM, TEM, STEM
  • Ion beam techniques:  FIB-SEM

These methods provide high spatial resolution images that show the relative surface morphology of physical features, defects, particles, etc.


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