Non-tactile surface inspection traditionally has been limited to point or line based confocal laser scanning - as well as interferometric methods. Both techniques create datasets which allow measurements down to the nanometre scale, but they loose any colour information during the image formation process. Technological innovations made it possible to measure topographies in high resolution and true colour in one step with a confocal microscope.

This educational webinar will be headed up by Dr Andrew Dixon, independent consultant and one of the pioneers and leading authorities in confocal microscopy, and Dr Franz Reischer, product manager at Carl Zeiss MicroImaging GmbH, Germany. They will introduce you to the principle and history of confocal microscopy, typical applications in materials science and routine inspection, based on measurements with the Axio CSM 700. You will learn the advantages of confocal microscopy over similar techniques as well as how it is possible to measure with more than 100 frames per second and analyse these results in the nanometre range.

Major application fi elds of this easy-to-use confocal 3D microscope are: inspection of metallic, polymer or glass surfaces, e.g. in the solar, car manufacturing and printing industry, as well as measurement of micro-roughness and layer thickness in micro- and nanotechnology. In all of these areas the materials science and testing part as well as the quality control part will be discussed.

Experience the functionality of the new Axio CSM 700 from Carl Zeiss during this webinar and fi nd some ideas to increase either the perspective of your R&D department and or the quality and productivity of your manufacturing processes..