Product updates // 05.11.2020 // DECTRIS

Gatan and DECTRIS: a joint venture into the future of 4D STEM

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Gatan, a leading manufacturer of instrumentation and software used to enhance the performance of electron microscopes and DECTRIS, the industry leader in hybrid-pixel X-ray and electron detectors for science and industry, today announced the signing of a joint sales and service agreement pertaining to the use of DECTRIS technology in Gatan’s new StelaTM Camera.

A successful Four-Dimensional Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (4D STEM) experiment primarily relies on acquisition speed, high data quality, and robust and easy to use software. The former two are mainly dictated by the detector used to collect the diffraction patterns, the latter is the matter of a successful integration of the detector into the system. Recent DECTRIS and Gatan collaboration aims exactly for that: to bring all these aspects together in a single package that enables researchers at all levels to access this experimental method.

In the framework of this partnership, Gatan has fully integrated DECTRIS ELA®, a hybrid-pixel electron detector, within the Gatan Microscopy Suite® platform, that now offers a complete workflow for advanced 4D STEM diffraction. Known as the Stela Camera, it will enable the mainstream adoption of the 4D STEM diffraction technique in electron microscopy labs around the world.

“Our hybrid-pixel electron detectors bring countless opportunities for materials science TEM and STEM applications, from increased instrument throughput to reduced total cumulative electron dose,” says Dr. Christian Broennimann, Chief Executive Officer of DECTRIS. “The synergy between Gatan and DECTRIS will bring our technology to the thriving electron  microscopy market.” 

“I am very pleased by this agreement with DECTRIS, as their hybrid-pixel electron detectors truly complements our current portfolio and unified workflows within Gatan Microscopy Suite,” commented Narayan Vishwanathan, Vice President and Business Unit Manager of Gatan. “With this new camera, we are now able to offer our researchers complete, efficient workflows to perform advanced, high-speed, and high-quality 4D STEM diffraction studies.”

The Stela Camera with DECTRIS technology will be commercialized by Gatan starting this November. For more information, consult Gatan’s sales representatives.


Press release
Stela camera info sheet
DECTRIS ELA info sheet

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 and 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 annual sales of approximately $5.0 billion. 

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