The SPARC is a high-performance cathodoluminescence detection system. This system is unique for its ease-of-use and the ability to be retrofitted on any SEM. The sensitivity and ease of use make it possible to take any cathodoluminescence application to the next level.
With a one-of-a-kind high-precision mirror stage, the SPARC opens up new avenues of research such as electron beam-induced nanophotonics. The SPARC is also the only cathodoluminescence detection system with an angle-resolved mode.
The system is ideal for the optimal collection and detection of cathodoluminescence emission, enabling fast and sensitive material characterization at the nanoscale.
The SPARC is being used worldwide for research in optics, materials science, and geology. See this page for a list of publications for which the SPARC system was used.
DELMIC now produces a compact version of the SPARC for those researchers with more specific needs, the SPARC Compact. Without compromising on high performance, this is a small-scale version of the SPARC cathodoluminescence system for researchers in geology and materials science who require intensity measurements by a photomultiplier tube.
The SPARC is the ultimate platform for studying spectroscopic information at the nanoscale. The system is closely integrated with an SEM, which allows you to easily correlate cathodoluminescence imaging with different SEM detection modalities such as EBSD, EBIC and BSD. This enables full in-situ characterization of your sample.
The mounting of the hardware is done on a vacuum port such that it is minimally invasive for the SEM. It takes less than five minutes to bring the SEM back to its full original configuration.
In order to ensure the best performance, the mirror has been mounted on a motorized high-precision stage to enable reproducible alignment between experiments. This allows you to quantitatively compare different measurements.
The open-source software and modular nature of the SPARC offers you full experimental freedom and guarantees a future proof setup that is easy to upgrade to all cathodoluminescence imaging modularities.