05. May 2021

DECTRIS and Gatan are launching an integrated solution for studies at low voltage.

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After a successful integration of DECTRIS ELA® detector into Gatan’s DigitalMicrograph® software and introduction of the Stela™ camera to their portfolio, the EM manufacture from California is now announcing the DECTRIS-powered hybrid-pixel camera as a low-voltage partner to the Gatan’s GIF Continuum® K3® product line to enable advanced EELS and 4D STEM over the full energy range of today's S/TEM.

GIF Continuum® K3®

A technical solution that would cover the entire range of modern electron microscopes is crucial for materials science research, particularly in advanced catalyst design, semiconductor device R&D, and high-performance alloy characterization. To answer industry's need, Gatan combined its flagship GIF Continuum K3 system and DECTRIS-powered Stela™ hybrid-pixel camera to deliver an integrated solution that provides the first truly optimized 30 – 300 kV electron-counting energy filter to address advanced Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS), Energy-Filtered Transmission Electron Microscopy (EFTEM), and energy-filtered, Four-Dimensional Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (4D STEM) diffraction studies.

Currently, the K3 uses a large format active-pixel sensor optimized for 200 – 300 kV microscopes to perform low-dose EELS and EFTEM applications. Adding the large-pixel high-dynamic-range DECTRIS detector, which is developed for lower voltage operation, now extends these studies down to 30 kV. Furthermore, the Gatan DigitalMicrograph® software unifies the acquisition and analysis of the K3 and Stela cameras under a single platform assuring the platform is easy to use and delivers reliable and fast data.

 "This low-voltage solution is a result of the synergy between Gatan and DECTRIS: our high-dynamic-range, hybrid-pixel electron detectors harmoniously integrated into Gatan's system allows for the efficient use of low energies in materials science research," says Dr. Christian Brönnimann, Chief Executive Officer of DECTRIS. "We are excited to witness how this high-performance combination advances energy-filtered techniques.”

"The addition of the DECTRIS-powered Stela detector will expand the operating range of our flagship GIF Continuum K3 system to low-voltage, electron counted EELS and EFTEM," commented Narayan Vishwanathan, Vice President and Business Unit Manager of Gatan. "Being more than the sum of its parts, the seamless integration of the Stela on a GIF Continuum K3 results in a single system that is both powerful and easy to use over the full energy range of today's S/TEMs."


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Gatan is the world's leading manufacturer of instrumentation and software used to enhance and extend the operation and performance of electron microscopes. Gatan's products, which are fully compatible with all brands of electron microscopes, cover the entire range of the analytical process from specimen preparation and manipulation to imaging and analysis. Its customer base spans the complete spectrum of end-users of analytical instrumentation typically found in industrial, governmental, and academic laboratories. The applications addressed by these scientists and researchers include new materials research, semiconductors, electronics, geosciences, biological science, and biotechnology. The Gatan brand name is recognized and respected throughout the worldwide scientific community.  It has been synonymous with high-quality products and the industry's leading technology. Gatan is a business unit within the Materials Analysis Division of AMETEK, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with 2020 sales of more than $4.5 billion.