Either Nordlys detector delivers world-leading EBSD performance over all application regimes.


These are the features common to both:


Optimised optical design

Kikuchi bands detected at the pattern edge are key for correct phase identification. A conventional circular phosphor screen is either too large (orange) or too small (white).

  • A rectangular phosphor screen maximises CCD use
  • Ideal for difficult low crystal symmetry materials


Optimised collection geometry for simultaneous EDS and EBSD

Tapered detector noses enable closer and more detailed sample analysis:

Optimal SEM Configuration for detectors

  • Maximise signal to both detectors
  • Achieve shorter working distances

Outstanding sensitivity

Nordlys detectors are designed for operation over a complete range of kV and beam current regimes:

  • Excellent operation at low kV and low beam energy for the best spatial resolution
  • Analyse beam sensitive samples with lower beam energy
  • High angular resolution: less than 0.1 degrees

EBSP patterns

Orientation contrast imaging

Forescatter detector (FSD) system, with up to 6 independently controlled detectors around the phosphor screen.

  • Forescatter detector control is through the AZtec user interface
  • AZtec includes an automated optimisation routine for orientation or atomic number contrast imaging
  • This solution incorporates the flexibility and versatility for customised image acquisition

EBSD Detector diode imaging