The Next Generation X-Ray Microscopes: ZEISS Xradia 600-Series Versa Introduced

Faster submicron-resolution imaging of intact samples

ZEISS introduces two new advanced models of the ZEISS Xradia Versa family. The ZEISS Xradia 610 & 620 Versa X-ray microscopes excel through faster non-destructive imaging of intact samples without sacrificing resolution and contrast over the full range of power and kV.

Leading researchers and scientists across the world rely on the signature Resolution at a distance (RaaD) capability of ZEISS X-ray Versa microscopes, ensuring the highest resolution is maintained across longer working distances, to produce remarkable scientific insights and discoveries.

With more X-ray photons available, the ZEISS Xradia 600-series Versa provides faster time to results for the widest range of sample sizes and types, without compromising resolution.

The rapid rate of technology advancements today requires fast analytical instruments that can keep up the pace. The ZEISS Xradia 600-series Versa is designed for this challenge.

ZEISS Xradia 610 & 620 Versa with improved source and optics technology

The two biggest challenges in X-ray computed tomography are maintaining resolution on large sample sizes and with long working distances while simultaneously maximizing resolution and X-ray flux for greater throughput. Both instruments address these challenges: They provide a high-power X-ray source for significantly higher X-ray flux. This leads to faster tomography scans and therefore up to two times higher throughput—without compromising spatial resolution. At the same time, the X-ray source stability and lifetime is enhanced.

Sample must be close to the source to achieve resolution.
Sample imaged independent of distance to source, enabling interiors of larger samples to be imaged non-destructively at higher resolution.

Benefits for a broad range of application fields in advanced research and industry

Academic shared-use facilities as well as industrial customers will derive maximum value from the faster image acquisition of these versatile instruments. By serving more users with different requirements and improving instrument utilization, these facilities will make the microscopes accessible to everyone and accelerate their research and discovery.

By leveraging RaaD capability, ZEISS Xradia Versa maintains the highest resolution across large working distances, accommodating samples contained within environmental chambers and high precision in situ load rigs. This enables material science researchers to non-destructively characterize the 3D microstructure of materials in controlled environments to understand the impact of different factors such as heating or compression.

Small pouch cell: 0.4x overview scan; 4x Resolution at a Distance; 20x Resolution at a Distance.

With the global explosion of energy materials demand, industrial researchers need insights into their complex multi-physics behavior within multiple solid and fluid phases and their related structural evolution. ZEISS Xradia 600-series Versa provide insights into the morphology of these structures and their behavior under operating conditions. RaaD technology of these X-ray microscopes allows intact pouch and cylindrical cells to be imaged at high resolution – enabling longitudinal studies of aging effects, across hundreds of charge cycles.

With the new ZEISS Xradia 600-series Versa, users can even analyze an intact unprepared smartphone to perform structural and failure analysis.

In electronics and semiconductor industries, users typically perform structural and failure analysis (FA) for process development, yield improvement and construction analysis of advanced semiconductor packages. ZEISS Xradia 600-series Versa enables non-destructive imaging to visualize defects associated with package-level failures, such as cracks in bumps or microbumps, solder wetting problems or voids in through silicon vias (TSV). The 3D visualization of defects prior to physical failure analysis (PFA) reduces artifacts and guides cross-section orientations, leading to improved FA success rates.

In the additive manufacturing industry, 3D X-ray microscopes are proving to be critical across several process steps all the way from powder to part. Typical applications include studying detailed shape, size, and volume distribution of particles in powder beds to determine appropriate process parameters. The higher throughput of the ZEISS Xradia 600-series Versa provides the required performance capabilities and supports the time-to-results demands in performing these studies and enabling efficient workflows.

In the raw materials industry, users perform multiscale pore structural analysis, including directly measuring in situ fluid flow. The new ZEISS Xradia Versa X-ray microscopes provide the most accurate 3D nanoscale support for digital rock simulations, laboratory-based diffraction contrast tomography, and multiscale imaging at faster run times reducing the bottleneck for pre- and post-studies.

In life sciences, the ZEISS Xradia 600-series Versa enables faster and higher resolution imaging allowing researchers to study soft tissue such as neural tissue, vascular networks, cellular structures, ligaments, nerves; mineralized tissue such as bones; and plant structures such as roots, cellular structures.

Continuous improvement and upgradeability

ZEISS X-ray microscopes are designed to be upgradeable and extendible with future innovations and developments to protect our customer’s investment. This ensures the microscope capabilities evolve with the advancements in leading edge technology. From ZEISS Xradia Context microCT, to ZEISS Xradia 500/510/520 Versa, and now with the addition of ZEISS Xradia 610/620 Versa, users can field-convert their systems to the latest X‑ray microscopes.

More information on the ZEISS Xradia 600-series Versa

Key features include: – 500 nm spatial resolution, 40 nm min voxel size – Up to 2x higher throughput than ZEISS Xradia 500-series Versa – Improved ease of use, including fast-activation source control – Ability to observe submicron features on the broadest range of sample types and sizes and for longer working distances

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2 Responses to “The Next Generation X-Ray Microscopes: ZEISS Xradia 600-Series Versa Introduced”

    • ZEISS Microscopy

      Dear Mr. Caldwell,
      Thank you for your response. It is best if you speak with your local technical expert who will further qualify your application needs and provide accurate answers on whether this technology is best suited for you. For the US, here is the contact information for your local team:

      Carl Zeiss Microscopy, LLC
      One North Broadway
      White Plains, New York 10601
      +1 800 233 2343
      info.microscopy.us@zeiss.com

      Please do not hesitate to contact us with any further questions.

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