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Cross Sectional Analysis Techniques

Category Press Release
Publish Date 12/14/2020
Author Ashley Aneses
Title Advanced MicroAnalytical Now Offers Cross Sectional Analysis Techniques
Introduction Advanced MicroAnalytical offers solutions to a more in-depth analysis beyond a simple surface examination by using Cross Sectional Analysis Techniques.

Salem, NH, December 14th, 2020

Cross sectional analysis is a technique used when a more in-depth analysis beyond a simple surface examination is required. It is a key technique in failure analysis and electronics inspection. The type of cross sectional analysis can be used differently for each project, ranging from discrete, micrometer size areas to whole devices or boards allowing examination of sub-structure across the entire device.

With mechanical cross sections, samples can be mounted in epoxy and vacuum impregnated to provide a support mechanism to preserve and maintain structure and materials when cut, ground and polished in preparation for analysis. Investigations can include dimensional analysis, chemical and contaminant identification and analysis by SEM/EDS, FTIR, XRF, EBSD and metallographic analysis.

For evaluation of materials and components when you need to preserve as much evidence as possible and maintain structural integrity of the part or device, we have Focused Ion Beam Scanning Electron Microscopy (FIB-SEM).  This allows for minimally invasive discrete sections to be performed by ablation using a focused ion beam.  This technique can be used to expose a very small specific feature, and analysis by Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM) can be employed or a thin Lift-out section can be prepared for evaluation by TEM/EDS.

Cross sectional analysis allows Advanced MicroAnalytical’s clients to harness this verification of construction on components, failure analysis or metallographic evaluation. To learn more about this, please visit:

To learn more about this and other material testing solutions from Advanced MicroAnalytical, please visit, call (877) 605-6662 or email

About Advanced MicroAnalytical
At Advanced MicroAnalytical we are dedicated to providing you and your business with critical insight and knowledge that is essential in the modern era. We provide the testing services and analytical tools for comprehensive understanding of your materials and projects. Our services range from advanced microanalysis of nanotechnology to compositional and functional analysis of large manufactured systems.  Our laboratory services span a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, micro-electronics, nanofabrication, aerospace and defense, environmental engineering – as well as many others. Advanced MicroAnalytical is committed to serving as a valued analytical partner to our clients. We offer unmatched analysis, testing, and services to assist you in your business, environmental, and research challenges. Visit our website at
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