AUGUST 7--Soft Imaging System (Munster, Germany; www.soft-imaging.net) has introduced its Cantega2k bottom-mounted transmission electron microscope (TEM) camera.
This high-resolution TEM camera provides a 2048 x 2048-pixel resolution, 5 images/s, and a dynamic range of 16 bits. Its CCD chip can be cooled down to -40 degrees C, and its scintillator is coupled to the CCD chip using fiberoptics. The scintillators can be operated at 100 keV, 200 keV, or 300 keV according to the customer's specifications.
A partial read-out mode can be used for searching throughout the sample, making it convenient to find features of interest and to adjust microscope parameters. Exposure times range from 100 microseconds to 100 s. Sensitivity can be increased using the camera's 2x, 4x, and 8x binning modes.
Integration of the Cantega2k into the company's analySIS image-analysis software ensures real-time shading correction, intensity histograms, auto-contrast adjustment, and Fast Fourier transforms during image acquisition for display. Furthermore, the analySIS
software provides functions such as labeling, processing, archiving, analyzing, and report generation. Photographic quality printouts can be obtained in seconds after image acquisition, without the need for a darkroom.