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Hitachi's microscope accessory advances thermal material analysis

Hitachi microscope accessory

Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science has launched a polarisation microscope accessory compatible with its Nexta DSC series of thermal analysers. 


The Real View polarised micro sample observation optional accessory offers versatility, extending to applications such as sample crystal orientation, quality control of multilayer films, and failure analysis. 


Hitachi’s Nexta DSC series measures heat flow for material characterisation, and is used in diverse fields for thermal analysis – including polymers, pharma, electronics, chemical, academia, oil and gas, food, and metals. It provides thermal properties such as melting point, glass transition, and crystallisation. 


The Real View accessory is equipped with a 20-megapixel high-resolution camera, providing a 10-fold increase in resolution and a 50-fold digital zoom compared to the standard Real View camera system. Additionally, controllable polarisation technology enhances the contrast in the image, allowing operators to explore the directional dependence – known as anisotropy – of the sample. 


The camera unit has a dedicated image processing function specifically designed for polarisation observation. The system performs layer-by-layer melting point analysis of multi-layer films, using a straightforward operation akin to the Nexta DSC series. 


These features facilitate high-precision structural analysis of various materials, enabling clear observation of small areas, including abnormalities in multi-layer film quality.


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