The ESEM has been experiencing some computer issues on the microscope control computer. Part of the issue may be due to the heat. I have a fan in there to help in the short term. If you experience any problems during operation please call me.
ESEM in Electron Optics
The ESEM detector installation is complete and the ESEM is available for use. The new software is very similar to the previous version of AZTEC. However if you would like training on the new capabilities let me know.
Regarding old data, we are in the process of recovering the data that was on the old AZTEC computer. I’m hopeful that the data will be available next week. As always remember to take a copy of data with you at the end of your session and make back ups as necessary.
Due to the intermittent power outages, in addition to the planned power outages, ACMAL will be closed for the remainder of this week. The Confocal Imaging Facility (CIF), will be available unless there is another unplanned power outage during the day.
The X-ray facility will be open beginning Friday morning. All other facilities will be opening next week. Just a reminder, the FIB and FESEM annual maintenance will be occurring next week (5/9 – 5/11).
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Our new EDS detector for the ESEM has arrived and installation will occur next week. Staff will be available by appointment for training.
I have good news and better news. Good news is we have a work around for the software issue with AZtec. We will be able to capture images and perform EDS using another software package called INCA. The even better news is that our new EDS detector, which comes with a computer upgrade, will be here in May.
I can assist with training on the INCA software. It is very similar to AZtec so most usera will pick it up quickly.
The software for AZtec is not loading. We’re working with Oxford on this issue. The ESEM works, but images will need to be captured using the instrument and the EDS will not be available.
Nov. 23, 6:13 p.m.: The filament on the ESEM is burned out. Until it is replaced the ESEM is not available.
Nov. 24, 10:50 a.m.: The filament has been replaced and the ESEM is back online. I’ll be off for the rest of the week.
The ESEM repairs have been completed and the instrument is available for use. Thank you for your patience during the extended down time. Unfortunately the repairs were more extensive than we initially expected.
The ESEM repairs are moving forward. IT has been troubleshooting a software issue and a technician from Thermo Fisher will be onsite next week.
The repairs on the ESEM are still ongoing. We are continuing to work with Thermo Fisher on this issue.