TESCAN RISE Microscope wins Prism Award 2015

A jury of experts have chosen the correlative RISE microscope as winner of the prestigious Photonics Prism Award in the metrology category. The Prism Award is given for top innovations in the field of photonics, granted by Photonics Media and sponsored by the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). The winners were chosen out from more than 130 applications.

TESCAN RISE Microscope wins Prism Award 2015

The RISE microscope is a novel correlative microscopy technique which combines Confocal Raman Imaging and Scanning Electron Microscopy in a single integrated microscope system.

TESCAN ORSAY HOLDING, a.s. and WITec GmbH have jointly developed the RISE microscope within the framework of the UnivSEM project. UnivSEM is funded by the European Union Seventh Framework Program (FP7/2007-2013) under the grant agreement no. 280566. Companies, universities and institutes of research from the Czech Republic, Germany, and Switzerland contributed to the project. The EU-project supports the development of supplementary analysis tools for scanning electron microscopes.


Prism Award 2015

RISE Microscopy is a novel correlative microscopy technique that combines confocal Raman Imaging and Scanning Electron (RISE) Microscopy within one integrated microscope system. This unique combination enables the most comprehensive sample characterization: electron microscopy is an excellent technique for visualizing sample surface structures in the nanometer range; confocal Raman imaging is an established spectroscopic method used for the detection of the chemical and molecular components of a sample. It can also generate 2D- and 3D-images and depth profiles to visualize the distribution of the molecular compounds within a sample. The RISE Microscope enables for the first time the acquisition of SEM and Raman images from the same sample area and the correlation of ultra-structural and chemical information with one microscope system.

The microscope’s development was a joint effort of TESCAN and WITec within the UNIVSem project, funded by the EU. “The RISE Microscope is another striking example of WITec’s enormous innovative strength. We are proud to once again receive a Prism Award, the second after being recognized in 2011 for WITec’s TrueSurface microscopy technology”, says Dr. Olaf Hollricher, WITec Managing Director R&D.

“The success of the RISE Microscope is clear evidence of the competence of our R&D team but also of our ability to grow working contacts with prominent research institutions as well as with leading innovative companies. The innovative strength of the TESCAN ORSAY HOLDING is an important driving force of our outstanding business success”, says Ing. Jaroslav Klíma, CEO at TESCAN ORSAY HOLDING, a.s.

The RISE Microscope provides all functions and features of a stand-alone SEM and a confocal Raman microscope. Both SEM and Raman are high-resolution imaging techniques with sub-nanometer and diffraction-limited 200-300 nanometer resolution, respectively. In Raman imaging mode the sample can be scanned through a range of 250 µm x 250 µm x 250 µm. RISE Microscopy pairs ease-of-use with exceptional analyzing benefits and is therefore suited to a large variety of applications such as nanotechnology, materials sciences, geology and life sciences.