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5/26/2010 4:47:52 PM
ATLAS from Carl Zeiss Offers New Opportunities in the Nanoscopic Analysis of Large-area Samples

Today, Carl Zeiss launches ATLAS, a powerful hard- and software package, which, in combination with any scanning electron microscope from Carl Zeiss, enables quick and efficient imaging of large-area specimens with nanometer resolution.

ATLAS is initially being utilized both in the area of neurological research, e.g. the young field of brain mapping, and for traditional routine tasks in histology and pathology. Here, there is an increasing demand for efficient, cost-effective methods of examining a steadily rising number of specimens with constantly increasing sizes using resolutions in the nanometer range. There as well as in numerous future applications, ATLAS will offer users a new degree of productivity.

With suitable specimens, unattended operation can acquire multi-image montages that span extremely large fields of view, permitting capture of regions on the millimeter scale with resolution on the nanometer scale in a handful of hours. The in-built viewer software with integrated zoom function facilitates continous enlargement of the final image from rough overview until nanometer resolution.

The heart of the ATLAS system is an adaptive 16-bit scan generator and dual supersampling signal acquisition system, tightly integrated into the SmartSEM software for microscope control. ATLAS enables acquisition of individual images up to one gigapixel in size (32k x 32k), at up to sixteen bit pixel depth, and calls upon the rich suite of SmartSEM microscope automation features to allow automated acquisition of one or more image montages that may exceed one terapixel in size.

The Carl Zeiss Group is a leading group of companies operating worldwide in the optical and opto-electronic industries that generates revenues totaling around EUR 2.1 billion (2008/09). Carl Zeiss offers innovative solutions for the future-oriented markets of Medical and Research Solutions, Industrial Solutions and Lifestyle Products. The Carl Zeiss Group has approximately 13,000 employees worldwide, including more than 8,000 in Germany. The Carl Zeiss business groups hold leading positions in their markets. Carl Zeiss AG, Oberkochen, is fully owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation).

Carl Zeiss SMT AG comprises the Semiconductor Technology Group of the Carl Zeiss Group. Carl Zeiss SMT is one of the leading manufacturers of lithography optics and light, electron and ion-optical inspection, analysis and measuring systems. The company offers a broad spectrum of application and service solutions for the fields of semiconductor technology, nanotechnology, materials research and life sciences. Carl Zeiss SMT AG is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. Other sites are located in Germany, the UK, France, the USA, Israel and Singapore. The company has a global workforce of over 2,500 people and generated revenues of just under EUR 400 million in fiscal year 2008/09. Carl Zeiss SMT AG is fully owned by Carl Zeiss AG, Oberkochen. Further information is available at

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