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LVEM Comparison

LVEM 5LVEM 25LVEM 25EConventional TEM
Operating ModesTEM, STEM, SEM, EDTEM, STEM, EDTEM, SEM, STEM, ED, EDS, Dark Field TEM, Dark Field STEMTEM
Contrast with Unstained SamplesHighHighHighLow
Operating Voltage5kv10, 15, 25kv10, 15, 25kv80-300kv
Electron SourceField Emission Gun (FEG)Field Emission Gun (FEG)Field Emission Gun (FEG)Tungsten or FEG
TEM resolution1.2nm1.0nm1.0nmLess than 2nm
Final TEM Image Resolution0.18nm/pixel0.07nm/pixel0.07nm/pixel
LocationDesktop, lab benchLab SpaceSmaller lab spaceDedicated room
ElectricalStandard plugStandard plugStandard plugDedicated HV source
Cooling WaterNo cooling water usedNo cooling water usedNo cooling water usedWater required : 0.2-0.6 Mpa
Compressed AirNo compressed air usedNo compressed air usedNo compressed air usedCompressed air required: '4-6 Atm
Airlock Pump Down3 minutes(miniature column)3 minutes(small column)2 minutes(miniature column)Longer(column size dependant)
Weight134 lbs448 lbs600 lbs3300 lbs
Size2 ft by 4 ft3' 2" ft by 7'5" ft6' 8" ft by 2' 4" ft16 ft by 19 ft
Whole-group useWhole-group useWhole-group useDedicated operator
Student friendlyStudent friendlyStudent friendly
Section Thickness
20 - 50 nm. TEM80+ nm. TEM80+ nm. TEM80+ nm TEM
20 - 80 nm. STEM80+ nm. STEM80+ nm. STEM80+ nm. STEM
Sample in vacuumYesYesYesYes
CostBenchtop priceLower costLow cost$500,000 - 2,000,000+

Evaluating your options is an important step in any equipment acquisition process. We've tried to make it easy for you here to see that the LVEM systems hold their own - and then some - when compared to classical electron microscopes.

Compare the size, cost, mode availability, specifications and more right here and if you need any more information you can contact us directly at our Contact Us Page.

Size Comparison

These two composite images compare classical TEM results on the left with LVEM5 results on the right.

microtubules comparison of Malaria compare LVEM5 sample courtesy of Dr. David Elliot, The University of Arizona
microtubules comparison of Malaria compare LVEM5 sample courtesy of Dr. David Elliot, The University of Arizona

In the malaria schizont image on the left, the nuclei membranes (yellow arrow) are weakly contrasted but very clearly defined in the LVEM5 image on the right. Furthermore, developing merozoites (red arrow) are also clearly seen in the LVEM5 image but are barely discernable under classical TEM imaging. The LVEM5 results are unstained.

microtubules comparison of Malaria compare LVEM5 sample courtesy of Dr. David Elliot, The University of Arizona
Images courtesy of Dr. David Martin, Larry Drummy et al., The University of Michigan

In these images results of imaging of microtubules are compared. The classical TEM samples on the left are stained, whereas the LVEM5 results are unstained. The LVEM5 results provide a true image of the electron density or mass-thickness of the microtubules.

Cost Comparison

LVEM technology is much more affordable than classical electron microscopes. At about 20% of the cost of a base model classical electron microscope (EM), the LVEM is the only budget-friendly route to electron optical imaging. Plus, there are no peripheral costs like those demanded by big EMs; the LVEM requires no cooling water, no anti-vibrations mechanisms, no field cancellation equipment and no special electronics – it plugs into standard electrical outlets. The fact that it fits on a desktop eliminates dedicated rooms and the need for costly renovations.

High performance electron microscopy has never been more affordable. Please contact us for a quotation and prepare to be pleasantly surprised.


LVEM5 Benchtop Electron Microscope


LVEM25 Electron Microscope