Ion Beam Cross Section Polisher (CP)

The JEOL CP produces pristine cross sections of samples – hard, soft, or composites – without smearing, crumbling, distorting, or contaminating them in any way. There is no precedent for a cross sectioning instrument of this type for SEM, EPMA, and SAM sample preparation.

The ability to create perfect cross sections of paper, shale, yeast, latex beads, coatings, and wire bonds, or to create a mirrored surface on soft materials such as gold, polymers, ceramics, and glass has greatly enhanced research and analysis for many of our customers.

The CP uses an argon beam to mill cross sections or polish virtually any material that is affixed to the continuously rotating sample holder. The high power optical microscope allows the user to position a sample to within a few microns of the precise cross section position. During milling, the sample is rocked automatically to avoid creating beam striations on the cross sectioned surface. Due to the glancing incidence of the ion beam, argon is not implanted into the sample surface.

Cooling Cross Section Polisher with Air Isolation

JEOL offers a Cooling Cross Section Polisher for preparation and polishing of materials that are sensitive to exposure to air or thermal damage, such as solder, metallic lithium, and galvanized steel. The CCP allows long cooling periods while conserving liquid nitrogen. An isolation and transfer system allows processing to be performed without exposure to air.

Cross Section Polisher (CP) Details

  • Clean polished cross section of hard, soft, and composite materials
  • Clean mirrored surface with minimal strain or distortion
  • Wide area cross sections (up to several mm across)
  • Easy touch panel operation
Cooling CP Advantages
  • Nitrogen cooling prevents thermal damage to materials with low melting and low glass transition points
  • Air Isolation transfer system protects samples that are sensitive to exposure


Cross Sectioning Semiconductors (brochure)

Cross Sectioning Shale and Solar Thin Films (brochure)

Cross Sectioning Metals and Coatings (brochure)

Cross Section of Bone
Sample Preparation 9/11/2012 405.9 KB
Cross Sections of Paint
Sample Preparation 9/11/2012 598.7 KB
Earth and Planetary Materials
Sample Preparation 9/11/2012 431.3 KB
Energy Related Materials
Sample Preparation 9/11/2012 169.4 KB
Ferromagnetic Materials
Sample Preparation 9/11/2012 612.6 KB
Galvalume Coating Analysis
Sample Preparation 9/11/2012 1.8 MB
Integrated Preparation and Imaging Techniques for the Microstructural and Geochemical Characterization of Shale by Scanning Electron Microscopy - AAPG Chapter
Sample Preparation 11/5/2013 2.2 MB
Low Melting Point Materials
Sample Preparation 9/11/2012 2.1 MB
Paper Analysis with CP
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Preparation of Nano Al
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Shale Analysis
Sample Preparation 9/11/2012 10.9 MB

Operation of CP

Animation of rotating sample holder (optional)

Argon Beam Cross Sectioning
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Artifact-free Cross-sections
Sample Preparation 9/11/2012 1.2 MB
Cross Section Polisher Brochure
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Instrument Overview - Microscopy Today
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Introduction of Cross Section Specimen Preparation
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Precise SEM Cross Section Polishing via Argon Beam Milling
Sample Preparation 9/11/2012 3.8 MB