A Full Rotation Specimen Holder for State-of-the-art Tomography in a Transmission Electron Microscope

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-05ER84236
Agency Tracking Number: 78165S05-I
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: 23
Solicitation Number: DE-FG02-06ER06-09
Small Business Information
5286 Lakehills Street SE, Lacey, WA, 98513
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Scheeff
 (360) 252-2737
Business Contact
 Norman Salmon
Title: Mr.
Phone: (360) 252-2737
Email: see comments
Research Institution
Three-dimensional electron tomography can render images of the internal structure of solid-state and biological materials at the nanometer scale, and is finding increased application in nanotechnology, semiconductor industries, and the life sciences. However, current systems cannot acquire all the information necessary to construct an optimal tomogram. A major limitation is that these systems do not allow the specimen to be imaged over a full ±90º tilt of the sample. This project will develop a new sample manipulation methodology that will allow the sample to be fully rotated. In Phase I, new hardware and software developed to perform a full rotation of a sample. Testing in a TEM with a simple sample produced promising results. Phase II will involve improving the hardware, developing software, and testing the technique with a variety of samples. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The new specimen holder should offer crucial advantages over existing market solutions ¿ including full rotation of the sample (thereby increasing the inherent resolution in the three-dimensional tomograms), positioning of the sample with high precision and accuracy, and direct compatibility with common sample preparation methodologies ¿ allowing scientists to produce the highest resolution tomograms yet seen

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