The Fiber-lite on the AFM isn’t working properly. I believe it may be a blown fuse. Unfortunately, I’m unable to find a replacement locally. I have placed an order online which is scheduled to arrive on Monday.
All equipment status updates.
I was able to replace the rod and the issue is resolved.
Please don’t ever force anything on the microscopes. If there is an issue you can call me. If I’m not available you can send me an email and I will take care of it as soon as I can.
The FESEM is down. The specimen exchange rod has been bent making it almost impossible to load a sample.
There is an issue with the stage of the TEM that is preventing it from changing X, Y, and Z coordinates.
The service engineer should be on site next Tuesday Jan. 17 to get that fixed.
I hope the TEM will be back by Thursday next week.
One of the medium sized LN2 dewars has two missing fittings. If anyone knows where they may have gone to please let me know.
ACMAL will have limited hours over the upcoming holiday break.
During the week of December 19th-23rd, the labs will be open with limited staffing. The university, including ACMAL, will be closed on Dec 26th through 31st. The building will be locked on those days. Unrestricted users will still have access to the building and labs.
I will be out of the office but in the area, for the next two weeks. Josh King and Zoe Hoffman will be out as well. Dr. Erico Fritas will be available through Wednesday Dec 21st. Dr. Ed Laitila, Dr. Tim Leftwich, Aleister Kerr, Maci Dostaler will be available by appointment.
If there are problems contact us. Our contact information is:
At long last the new Pt/Pd target has arrived and we can return to the normal operating procedure for the sputter coater. I’ve installed and tested the new target.
The Cr target isn’t coating well and users are experiencing charging issues. I’ve changed the target material to Iridium. Please use the settings below.
Target density: 22.42
Coating thickness: 1-3nm
The new target is scheduled for shipment and should be arriving soon.
If you have any questions please let me know.
The target on the sputter coater has temporarily been changed from Pr/Pd Cr. There are special directions for using the Cr target (see detailed instructions below). The major differences are an increase in pump time prior to starting the coating cycle, a change in the material density, and a change in the sputter current. If you have any issues please let me know.
Regarding thickness, remember that 1-2 nm of coating is ideal.
This is just a reminder that the ACMAL facilities will be CLOSED Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24th and 25th, 2022, in observance of Thanksgiving. This is a university holiday so the building will also be locked. Only those with swipe access will be able to use the instruments. Please plan your instrument use accordingly.
I will be on vacation starting at noon tomorrow returning to work on Monday 11/28. Dr. Freitas, Dr. Leftwich, and Mr. Josh King will be available through Wednesday (11/23). Dr. Laitila will be available through Tuesday (11/22).
In case of an emergency call public safety.