We are very proud that the Ultra-X technology was voted one of the best microscopy innovations in the 2022 Microscopy Today Innovation Awards. This price is the acknowledgment of years of hard work and teamwork of Nestor Zaluzec and the development teams at Sioux Technologies and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

The Ultra-X detector was already rewarded in the Guinness World Records book as the most sensitive X-ray detector on the planet.

The Ultra-X is a detection system for the Spectra Ultra S/TEM, a high-end transmission electron microscope. It works on the principle of energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy. A sample is scanned with an electron beam down to atomic level. The interaction of the electrons with the material creates X-rays that are specific to the elements in the sample. The various atoms can be visualized to an accuracy of 50 picometres, including their characteristics.

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