MTI uses scanning electron microscopy, the leading technology for analyzing materials across a wide range of applications. Like any microscope, the scanning electron microscope (SEM) magnifies small objects. While a standard microscope uses light and glass lenses to magnify, the SEM uses a stream of electrons and electronic lenses to accomplish the same task. The improvement in magnification is astonishing. The SEM can routinely provide images at a magnification of 70,000 times or more.
While this improvement is important, another benefit of using the SEM is the simultaneous production of x-rays. The beam of electrons used to obtain magnified images of materials also produces a small x-ray signal, which actually identifies the chemical composition of the object being examined.
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Learn how we use computer-controlled scanning electron microscopy (CCSEM) to assess the behavior of the mineral grains during combustion or gasification. More info >>