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Keyence 3D Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope

The VK-X Series 3D Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope provides non-contact, nanometer-level profile, roughness, and film thickness data on any material, and indicates which metrics are most critical for evaluation.

Laser scanning microscopes combine both a white light and laser light source to generate a high-resolution color image, as well as collect detailed measurement data from the surface of an object. These systems are basically a hybrid between a compound microscope and optical profilometer or profiler. The laser used for scanning the surface can vary, but is generally an He-Ne gas laser or semiconductor laser. Some laser scanning microscopes use a special optical system, called a "confocal optical system", for removing out-of-focus light and are known as confocal microscopes.


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