The G.I.T. Laboratory Journal officially announced the winners of the G.I.T. InnovationsAward 2012. The CrossBeam (FIB SEM) AURIGA Laser from Carl Zeiss Microscopy took first place in the field of Laboratory Equipment & Technology. Prior to the final voting, a jury of scientists had examined all submissions and made a selection. Readers of G.I.T. Laboratory Journal, customers and visitors of Analytica 2012 in Munich and of Achema 2012 in Frankfurt then selected their favorites.
Carl Zeiss Microscopy launched the FIB SEM in March this year. The system combines the advantages of the CrossBeam workstation with the capabilities of a pulsed micro-focus laser for fast ablation of material. The system is suited for the microscopic examination of samples where the target structure is buried under material layers. The special laser removes the material without destroying the sample. It enables ablation rates comparable to mechanical removal. Applications include semiconductor manufacturing, photovoltaics, polymer electronics, oil and gas prospection, geomechanical consulting, pharmaceuticals, life sciences and materials research in general.
You can find further info here: http://www.zeiss.de/press/pr004e332b.