Silicon Drift Detector is capable of low-energy detection.

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Suited for electron microscopes, UltraDry offers capabilities that allow for detection of low-energy X-rays down to Beryllium. Clear peak separations in low-energy region facilitate interpretation of spectra and promote confidence in analysis, while X-ray detection performance allows for collection of data at optimized count rates without affecting energy resolution or light element sensitivity. Large-area detector can be coupled with NORAN System SIX and Direct-to-Phase software.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific Unveils New Silicon Drift Detectors with Low Energy Detection Capabilities Down to Beryllium

BROWARD COUNTY, FL. (August 6, 2007) - Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, unveils its new and improved large-area UltraDry silicon drift detector for electron microscopes. The UltraDry detector has enhanced capabilities allowing for detection of very low energy X-rays down to Beryllium. The new detector will be showcased on the Thermo Scientific booth #1712 at Microscopy and Microanalysis 2007, Broward County Convention Center, Florida, August 5-9.

Enhancements to the silicon drift sensor in the new UltraDry detector make excellent low energy detection performance possible. The resulting clear peak separations in the low energy region allow for easier interpretation of spectra and exceptional confidence in the analysis. As a silicon drift detector, the UltraDry has X-ray detection performance that is able to collect data at extremely high count rates without sacrificing energy resolution or light element sensitivity. The UltraDry detector, coupled with the NORAN System SIX and Direct-to-Phase (DTP) software, enables the quick and accurate determination of compounds and identification of where they are located within the sample.

The NORAN System SIX microanalysis system, featuring the silicon drift detectors, addresses the needs of the electron microscopist in the area of microelectronics and semiconductor manufacture, alloys and metals analysis, geology, forensic science, failure analysis and academic research.

For more information on the Thermo Scientific NORAN System SIX ultra-fast X-ray microanalysis system, please visit booth #1712 at Microscopy and Microanalysis 2007, Florida, August 5-9. Alternatively, please call +1 800-532-4752, email or visit

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Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is the world leader in serving science, enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. With an annual revenue rate of more than $9 billion, we employ 30,000 people and serve over 350,000 customers within pharmaceutical and biotech companies, hospitals and clinical diagnostic labs, universities, research institutions and government agencies, as well as environmental and industrial process control settings. Serving customers through two premier brands, Thermo Scientific and Fisher Scientific, we help solve analytical challenges from routine testing to complex research and discovery. Thermo Scientific offers customers a complete range of high-end analytical instruments as well as laboratory equipment, software, services, consumables and reagents to enable integrated laboratory workflow solutions. Fisher Scientific provides a complete portfolio of laboratory equipment, chemicals, supplies and services used in healthcare, scientific research, safety and education. Together, we offer the most convenient purchasing options to customers and continuously advance our technologies to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, enhance value for customers and fuel growth for shareholders and employees alike. Visit

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