ULM, Germany - RISE Microscopy has been nominated for a 2015 Photonics Prism Award. These product innovation awards honor the best new photonic products on the market and are presented each year by SPIE and Photonics Media at an event that takes place during Photonics West in San Francisco.

RISE microscopy is a correlative microscopy technique combining the chemical analysis power of Raman imaging with the ultra-structural characterization capabilities of a scanning electron microscope in an integrated system. It is a joint development of WITec and the Czech electron microscope manufacturer Tescan. For WITec, this is the second nomination after ultimately winning in 2012 with TrueSurface Microscopy for topographic confocal Raman imaging.

Correlative microscopy is an ongoing trend in microscopy. With a modular optical design, WITec addressed early on the ability to combine various complementary techniques in integrated system configurations such as Raman-AFM or TrueSurface Microscopy. RISE, which stands for Raman Imaging & Scanning Electron Microscopy, is a novel technique that enables for the first time the acquisition of SEM and Raman images from the same sample area and the correlation of ultra-structural and chemical information with one microscope system.