The BSE detector has been repaired. A big thanks to Dr. Ed for resoldering it!
ESEM in Electron Optics
The ESEM can still be used. However, the backscatter detector needs to be repaired. There is a wire that needs to be resoldered. The repairs should be completed by the end of the week.
The maintenance on the EBSD is completed. The ESEM is available for use effective immediately.
I am out of the office today Friday 7/22. Also, I will be out of the office starting July 28th and returning August 15th. During my absence I will be monitoring email, but my response will be delayed. Below are the contacts if you need assistance with instruments in the Electron Optics Facility or the Scanning Probe Microscopy Facility.
- ESEM / FESEM
JOSH KINGLaboratory Assistant
- Sample Preparation / Coating / Liquid Nitrogen
(Josh, Aleister or Keith)
In case of an emergency call public safety.
The ESEM and EDS system are fully functional. However, the EBSD detector is down until further notice.
I’ve tried solving the problem with Oxford remotely. Unfortunately, we will need to bring a technician on site and will likely need to replace the HKL box. I am looking into the details and will let you know when I have more information.
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.
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.