Abstract: This automated analysis device is provided with a plurality of analysis units for analyzing a specimen, a buffer portion which holds a plurality of specimen racks on which are placed specimen containers holding the specimen, a sampler portion which conveys the specimen racks held in the buffer portion to the analysis units, and a control portion which, when performing a process to deliver the specimen racks to the plurality of analysis units, outputs synchronization signals to all the plurality of analysis units, wherein the analysis unit performs a delivery process starting from the synchronization signal, and the analysis unit performs a delivery process starting from the synchronization signal.
Abstract: An apparatus for storing a thin film device, the apparatus including: a thin film device 3 having an insulating thin film containing Si and having a thickness of 100 nm or less; a solution in contact with the thin film; and a container having a tank that seals the solution, wherein the solution is a solution that satisfies any of the following conditions (1) to (3). (1) A solution containing water in a volume ratio of 0% or more to 30% or less (2) A solution cooled and maintained at a temperature equal to or higher than a solidification point and lower than 15° C. (3) A solution that contains a salt with a concentration of 1 mol/L or more and a saturation concentration or less and is cooled and maintained to a temperature equal to or higher than a solidification point and lower than 25° C.
Abstract: The present invention provides a charged particle beam apparatus capable of efficiently reducing the effect of a residual magnetic field when SEM observation is performed. The charged particle beam apparatus according to the present invention includes a first mode for passing a direct current to a second coil after turning off a first coil, and a second mode for passing an alternating current to the second coil after turning off the first coil.
Abstract: The present invention reduces the turnaround time of an automated analyzer. During a period when cyclic measurement by a measurement unit is unnecessary, a controller washes a reaction vessel using a washing cycle having a cycle time shorter than that of an analysis cycle. A single analysis cycle and a single washing cycle both include a reaction disc stopping period and rotation period. In the washing cycle, there is no time during the stopping period when a sample dispensing mechanism, reagent dispensing mechanism, or stirring mechanism operates but there is a time when a washing mechanism operates. The washing cycle stopping period is shorter than the analysis cycle stopping period. The amount of rotation of the reaction disk in the analysis cycle rotation period is the same as the amount of rotation of the reaction disk in the washing cycle rotation period.
Abstract: In order to prevent an erroneous determination of an on-film defect, the sensitivity of the post-inspection is reduced so that a film swelling due to a minute defect would not be detected. Classification is performed to determine whether a defect is at least one of an on-film defect and a film swelling, by performing a coordinate correction on the result of a post-inspection by an actual-defect fine alignment using the result of a pre-inspection performed with two-stage thresholds, and by checking defects against each other. In addition, classification is performed to determine whether a defect is at least one of an on-film defect and a film swelling by, during the post-inspection, preparing instruction data from information of the refractive index and thickness of a film formed on a wafer and comparing the instruction data with a signal intensity ratio of a detection system.
Abstract: The present invention realizes a composite charged particle beam apparatus capable of suppressing a leakage magnetic field from a pole piece forming an objective lens of an SEM with a simple structure. The charged particle beam apparatus according to the present invention obtains an ion beam observation image while passing a current to a first coil constituting the objective lens, and performs an operation of reducing the image shift by passing a current to a second coil with a plurality of current values, and determines a current to be passed to the second coil based on a difference between the operations.
Abstract: Since wires connected to a linear motor are routed in a vacuum sample chamber, outgassing is generated from wire coating and efficiency of assembly operations is reduced. Further, there is a problem that thrust generation efficiency of the linear motor is reduced when a gap between a coil and a permanent magnet of the linear motor cannot be small. In order to solve the above problems, a linear motor for vacuum is provided, the linear motor for vacuum including: a mover having a permanent magnet; and a stator having a support member to which a coil is fixed, in which the support member includes a vacuum sealing portion that vacuum seals with a wall surface of a vacuum sample chamber, and a feed-through for supplying a current to the coil provided in the vacuum sample chamber.
Abstract: In the case of adopting a configuration in which reagent bottles are radially disposed on a reagent disk and a reagent dispensing mechanism is rotated to access the reagent bottles, one reagent bottle includes a plurality of suction ports in which suction positions are different from each other, resulting in prolonging a step of dispensing a reagent. The invention is directed to an automatic analyzer including: a reagent disk that accommodates a plurality of reagent bottles including a plurality of suction ports and conveys the reagent bottles to a desired position by rotating in a circumferential direction around a central axis; and a reagent dispensing mechanism that rotates around a rotational axis and sucks a reagent of the reagent bottle placed at a predetermined position on the reagent disk. The reagent bottle is accommodated in the reagent disk such that the central axis of the reagent bottle and a diameter of the reagent disk form a predetermined inclination.
Abstract: An electrophoresis device has: a sample tray (112) on which there are placed a positive-electrode-side buffer solution container (103) containing a buffer solution and a phoresis medium container (102) containing a phoresis medium, and which is driven in a vertical direction and a horizontal direction; a thermostat oven unit (113) that holds a capillary array having a capillary head in which a plurality of capillaries are bundled in a single unit at one end thereof in a state where the capillary array being held in a state in which the capillary head protrudes downward, and that keeps the interior temperature constant; a solution-delivering mechanism (106) for delivering the phoresis medium in the phoresis medium container to the capillary array from the capillary head; and a power source for applying a voltage to both ends of the capillary array. Holes for insertion of the capillary head are provided in upper sections of the positive-electrode-side buffer solution container and the phoresis medium container.
Abstract: The present invention has a computation device for measuring the dimensions of patterns formed on a sample on the basis of a signal obtained from a charged particle beam device. The computation device has a positional deviation amount calculation unit for calculating the amount of positional deviation in a direction parallel to a wafer surface between two patterns having different heights on the basis of an image acquired at a given beam tilt angle; a pattern inclination amount calculation unit for calculating an amount of pattern inclination from the amount of positional deviation using a predetermined relational expression for the amount of positional deviation and the amount of pattern inclination; and a beam tilt control amount calculation unit for controlling the beam tilt angle so as to match the amount of pattern inclination. The pattern measurement device sets the beam tilt angle to a calculated beam tilt angle, reacquires an image and measures the patterns.
Abstract: A method of washing an aspiration probe of an in-vitro diagnostic system is disclosed. The aspiration probe comprises an outer surface and an inner surface forming an inner space for receiving a fluid. The method comprises dipping the aspiration probe into a first wash fluid so that the outer surface is immersed at least in part into the first wash fluid, aspirating an amount of the first wash fluid into the inner space of the aspiration probe, propagating an ultrasonic vibration to the outer surface of the aspiration probe via the first wash fluid, and rinsing the outer surface and the inner surface of the aspiration probe with a second wash fluid. Further, an in-vitro diagnostic method and an in-vitro diagnostic system are disclosed.
Abstract: A state of a sample surface is accurately determined without lowering analysis efficiency. There is provided an apparatus for determining a state of a sample to be analyzed contained in a container, in which the apparatus acquires an image of the sample, analyzes a position and a size of an object to be detected with respect to a detection range set in the image by using the image of the sample, and determines the state of the sample based on a result of the analysis.
Abstract: A pattern inspection system inspects an image of an inspection target pattern of an electronic device using an identifier constituted by machine learning, based on the image of the inspection target pattern of the electronic device and data used to manufacture the inspection target pattern. The system includes a storage unit which stores a plurality of pattern images of the electronic device and pattern data used to manufacture a pattern of the electronic device, and an image selection unit which selects a learning pattern image used in the machine learning from the plurality of pattern images, based on the pattern data and the pattern image stored in the storage unit.
Abstract: The present invention makes it possible for an automated analyzer including two or more types of photometers to obtain suitable output of the measurement results of the plurality of photometers and suitable data alarm output even if there is an abnormality, or the like, at the time of measurement. This automated analyzer includes, for example, two types of photometers having different quantitative ranges and an analysis control unit for controlling analysis that includes measurement of a given sample using the two types of photometers. If two types of data alarms corresponding to abnormalities, or the like, during measurement have been added to the two types of measurement results from the two types of photometers, the analysis control unit selects measurement result and data alarm output corresponding to the combination of the two types of data alarms and outputs the same to a user as analysis results.
Abstract: To provide an ion milling apparatus adapted to suppress the contamination of a beam forming electrode. The ion milling apparatus includes: an ion gun containing therein a beam forming electrode for forming an ion beam; a specimen holder for fixing a specimen to be processed by irradiation of an ion beam; a mask for shielding a part of the specimen from the ion beam; and an ion gun controller for controlling the ion gun.
Abstract: In order to optimize defect contrast in a charged particle beam device that inverts charged particles directly above a sample and observes the electrons, this charged particle beam device is provided with a charged particle source, an electron gun control device which applies a first voltage to the charged particle source, a substrate voltage control device which applies a second voltage to a sample, an image forming optical system which includes an imaging lens for imaging charged particles incident from the direction of the sample, a detector which includes a camera for detecting the charged particles, and an image processing device which processes the detected signal, wherein the imaging optical system is configured so as not to image secondary electrons emitted from the sample, but forms an image with mirror electrons bounced back by the electric field formed on the sample by means of the potential difference between the first and the second voltages.
Abstract: There is provided a plasma processing apparatus that suppress the contamination of a sample and improves process yield or an inner component of a plasma processing apparatus or a manufacturing method for the inner component. A plasma processing apparatus processes a wafer which is a processing target placed in a processing chamber in an inside of a vacuum chamber using plasma formed from a processing gas supplied to an inside of the processing chamber. A surface of a component that is placed in the inside of the processing chamber and faces the plasma is made of a dielectric material. The dielectric material includes a first material that combines with the supplied processing gas and is volatilized and a second material that combines with the processing gas to produce a non-volatile compound, a volume of the non-volatile compound being increased before the combination.
Abstract: The present invention provides an electron microscope and an observation method capable of observing secondary electrons in the atmosphere. In detail, a charged particle microscope of the invention includes: a partition wall that separates a non-vacuum space in which a sample is loaded from a vacuum space inside a charged particle optical lens barrel; an upper electrode; a lower electrode on which the sample is loaded; a power supply for applying a voltage to at least one of the upper electrode and the lower electrode; a sample gap adjusting mechanism for adjusting a gap between the sample and the partition wall; and an image forming unit for forming an image of the sample based on the current absorbed by the lower electrode. The secondary electrons are selectively measured by using an amplification effect due to ionization collision between electrons and gas molecules generated when a voltage is applied between the upper electrode and the lower electrode.
Abstract: In an is-TPG method in which lasers having two different wavelengths are used to generate a wavelength-variable far-infrared light, a far-infrared light (TPG light) having an unstable output at a broad wavelength is also slightly generated at the same time with only one laser light. The generated is-TPG and the TPG light are converted, after passing through a specimen, to near-infrared light inside a nonlinear optical crystal for detection and are observed by a detector. The signal light output of the is-TPG light becomes unstable due to the TPG light. According to the present invention, the TPG light is removed by means of a slit and the like (filter) immediately before the specimen and is not introduced into the nonlinear optical crystal for detection. At this time, by using a change in the emission direction when the frequency of the is TPG light is changed, the filter is moved in accordance with the frequency so that only the is-TPG light passes therethrough (see FIG. 1C).
Abstract: Provided is a technique capable of implementing efficient transport and processing related to multi-step processing in the case of a link-type vacuum processing apparatus with related to an operating method of a vacuum processing apparatus. The operating method of the vacuum processing apparatus according to the embodiment, in order to minimize time required for all processing of a plurality of wafers in a multi-step processing, includes a first step (steps 601 to 607) of selecting one first processing unit and one second processing unit from a plurality of processing units for each wafer and determining a transport schedule including a transport path using the selected processing units. In the first step, for at least one wafer, a transport schedule including a transport path is configured using the selected first processing unit by excluding at least one first processing unit from the plurality of first processing units.