The nmRC are pleased to annouce that they have recently installed a second FEG SEM in nmRC, an instrument we inherited from the School of Physics and Astronomy where it was used as an EBL system in a clean room laboratory.
The actual SEM is a JEOL 7000F SEM and is around 15 years old. It is located in Room A03 and is now on the PPMS booking system (please note users from Physics will have exclusive access on Thursday afternoons, unless no bookings have been made by 4pm Wednesday). It is the generation before our current FEG 7100F but is quite similar in appearance to it. It currently does not have an EDX detector but there are plans afoot to have an EDX system installed in the near future. Of course being a FEG instrument it will give improved resolution over the tungsten instruments particularly at lower kVs.
Over the course of the next few weeks we will be training students on the 7000F and organising group training sessions. We will be encouraging people to use the 7000F should a tungsten SEM not have sufficient resolution for the samples concerned.
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