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Wednesday, January 12, 2022



MADISON, Wis., (Jan. XX, 2022) – CAMECA, a business unit of AMETEK, Inc. and a world-leading supplier of microanalytical and metrology instrumentation for research and process control, is proud to announce a partnership with Polytechnique Montréal. This new partnership includes the acquisition of CAMECA’s latest Atom Probe Tomography (APT) instrument – the Invizo 6000.

The Invizo 6000 introduces breakthrough technologies, including a patented electrostatic design that enables a simultaneous increased field of view and enhanced mass resolving power; a deep UV laser to promote enhanced ion emission; advanced dual-beam beam delivery optics that improve specimen symmetry; and a new extraction electrode design. These new features enhance specimen yield, increase the data quality and analysis volumes, and dramatically expand the analytical capabilities of the APT method.

This new facility –POLYAPT - is established following support from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and Québec’s Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation. The project is a strong alliance between Polytechnique Montréal, McGill University, Université de Montréal, École de technologie supérieure, and Université de Sherbrooke. The five institutions join forces to deploy a unique infrastructure that will cement their efforts and strengthen their international standing in strategic research areas. The new capabilities enabled by the deployed atom probe infrastructure will guide and accelerate the development of novel and enhanced functionalities relevant to a variety of applications.  These applications include information technology, photonics, quantum technologies, clean energy, aerospace and transportation, metallurgy, and health and bio-integrated technologies. The facility, led by Professor Oussama Moutanabbir and managed by Dr. Sebastian Koelling, will support communities active in these areas from both academia and industry.

CAMECA is looking forward to working closely with Polytechnique Montréal in developing new areas of application and demonstrating the advantages the Invizo 6000 provides across a broad range of material science challenges.

“Since developing the revolutionary Local Electrode Atom Probe nearly two decades ago, CAMECA has remained at the forefront of atom probe instrument design,” said Jesse D. Olson, CAMECA Business Unit Manager. “We are excited to partner with one of the leading academic research institutions in the world, Polytechnique Montréal, to be the first recipient of a full production Invizo instrument, and to explore the capabilities of our newest APT product across a wide range of exciting new applications.”

Developed at the Atom Probe Technology Center in Madison, Wisconsin, the Invizo 6000 continues to advance CAMECA’s position as the world leader in atom probe tomography.



Established in 1873, Polytechnique Montréal is one of Canada’s largest engineering education and research universities, and is located on the Université de Montréal campus - North America’s largest Francophone university campus. With over 55,000 graduates and over 120 academic programs, Polytechnique has trained 22% of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ)’s current membership. Polytechnique Montréal is also distinguished by its 294 talented professors, more than 9,930 students, and overall annual budget of $275 million, and close to $105 million is reserved exclusively for research.



CAMECA started in France as a manufacturer of movie theater projectors, before rapidly evolving into a provider of scientific instrumentation for the international research community and in-fab / near-fab metrology solutions for the semiconductor manufacturing industry as a pioneer and leader in Electron Probe Microanalysis (EPMA), Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) and Atom Probe Tomography (APT).  Located at our headquarters near Paris, France, as well as at our Atom Probe Technology Center in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, our plants are state of the art facilities, using the best practices for clean room production, computer networking, electron and ion optics simulation and advanced CAD.  CAMECA has sales & service locations in Brazil, China, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, USA, and a wide network of agents, ensuring the best level of support to all users. Our mission is to focus on instrumental development to offer our customers the highest analytical performance in their specialized characterization fields. CAMECA is a business unit of AMETEK, Inc., a leading global provider of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with annualized sales of approximately $5.5 billion.