• 6400 SEM status

    November 29, 2018. I repaired the memory battery so now we have all kvs aligned. I also replaced an aperture and as a result, resolution improved markedly. I’ll be replacing 2 more apertures over the holidays. That will require that I take the SEM offline for a few days. I’ll …

    JEOL JSM-6400 SEM
  • JEOL TEM status

    November 27, 2018. The high voltage cable connection is arcing to ground at 100kV. The microscope is unusable like that. We are going to hire the engineer to come back and make this repair possibly as early as 2 weeks from now. I’ll keep you posted.

  • JEOL TEM is down

    November 5, 2018. There is a high voltage short in the electron gun area. I’m troubleshooting it now and I’ll follow-up with more information as we go.

  • 2010 TEM is down

    October 30, 2018. Problem with HV arcing. I’m going to work with the engineer by phone to attempt repair.

  • FIB status

    October 16, 2018. I finally got a cooling system working but haven’t had time yet to the FIB check the operation. I can’t do it until Friday. If it all checks out we can begin using it the week of 10/22. Thanks for your patience.

    Hitachi FB-2000A FIB
  • FIB update

    October 1, 2018. We have had real problems getting the cooling system back online. Once we do the FIB is ready to go. I have ordered more parts and we have enlisted the assistance of Facilities to speed the repair up. If all goes well we should be back online …

    Hitachi FB-2000A FIB
  • FIB status

    September 19, 2018. I’m having trouble clearing contamination from the cooling system lines. I’ve done a few flushes but now the pump has failed. I have another pump to install and with luck I can get it back online today. I’ll send you an update.

    Hitachi FB-2000A FIB
  • FIB water cooling

    September 17, 2018. There is a problem with the water cooling system. Don’t use the FIB. I’m on it today. Updates to follow.

    Hitachi FB-2000A FIB
  • ACMAL air conditioning down

    September 14, 2018. The Facilities chiller that cools air for 6th floor characterization labs is down and unrepairable. We have been told that Facilities is looking at options and the plan is to get it online for operation early next spring. In the meantime, the instrument labs are hot, up …

    M and M Building
Hitachi S-4700 FE-SEM

FESEM is down

December 14, 2018. The airlock won’t pump down, so it is probably a faulty vacuum pump. Regardless, Hitachi will send us a repair part that might be here on Monday. I’ll send you more info after I talk to them.

ACMAL Lab Staff

Power outage last night

December 3, 2018. There was a short power outage last night about 5 pm that shut down all the scopes. I came …

JEOL JSM-6400 SEM

6400 SEM status

November 29, 2018. I repaired the memory battery so now we have all kvs aligned. I also replaced an aperture and as …

JEOL TEM status

November 27, 2018. The high voltage cable connection is arcing to ground at 100kV. The microscope is unusable like that. We are …

Hitachi S-4700 FE-SEM

FESEM is down

November 27, 2018. During a power flicker last night the FESEM vacuum system did some crazy things. I’ve got it back on …

Specimen Preparation

New logging system in RM 637

November 12, 2018. We have installed a new computer logging system in the Sample Prep room (637) to track liquid nitrogen, and …