EBSD Detector NordlysNano

The NordlysNano EBSD detector couples enhanced throughput with high spatial and angular resolution. It addresses the growing requirements of nanoscale applications: EBSPs are imaged with the best sensitivity, lowest optical distortion and highest resolution.


  • Discrimination of materials with very similar crystallographic lattice parameters
  • The highest resolution uses the full 1344 x 1024 CCD array to digitise EBSP’s
  • Designed for data collection using low probe currents requiring only 0.5nA to operate.

Nordlys Brochure

See also our new EBSD Detector Symmetry. Symmetry is a next generation EBSD detector that provides better perfomance.  

NordlysNano Features

The AZtec and NordlysNano system addresses the growing requirements of nanoscale applications: EBSPs are imaged with the best sensitivity, lowest optical distortion and highest resolution.

  • Acquire and solve patterns in real-time at low beam currents and at low kV
  • Highest sensitivity at the fastest possible speeds – minimise the time and the beam current required for data acquisition

NordlysNano is optimised for high spatial resolution EBSD

  • Designed for data acquisition at low kV, for the best spatial resolution EBSD analysis of nano materials
  • Efficient low beam current operation, requiring only 100 pA to operate, ideal for:
    • Tungsten or LaB6 SEMs operated in high spatial resolution mode
    • Cold FE SEMs
    • Thermal FE SEMs that operate with low probe currents

NordlysNano is optimised for high pattern resolution EBSD

NordlysNano at highest resolution uses the full 1344 x 1024 CCD array to digitise EBSPs. The acquisition of higher
resolution patterns is crucial for certain applications:

  • Difficult to index, lower symmetry materials, where higher pixel resolution can aid in phase identification
  • Required for cross-correlation techniques, for example, elastic strain analysis
  • Correct measure of orientation in pseudo-symmetric materials with c/a ratios as low as 2%

Nordlys Detector Overview

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


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Product Support

Maintenance and Support

Maintenance and Support

Oxford Instruments takes pride in the support and service that we provide. Whether your requirements are general or specific, regional or national, local or international, we can tailor a package specifically for you.

EBSD Training Courses

EBSD Training Courses

Understanding the EBSD technique. Selecting suitable operating conditions. Using AZtec and Channel 5 to acquire and process maps.