• 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
  • FESEM online

    October 9, 2018. There was a problem a few days ago where the FESEM system would completely shut down with no warning. I’ve been working with the engineer to test power supplies but I’ve found nothing wrong. The system has been running overnight with no problems and I ran it …

    Hitachi S-4700 FE-SEM
  • FESEM is down

    October 4, 2018. There is something wrong with the power system in the scope. I’ve called for assistance.

    Hitachi S-4700 FE-SEM
  • 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

Thanksgiving break staff schedule

November 12, 2018. There will be ACMAL staff in the labs through the 3 work days – Monday – Wednesday. Thursday and Friday are University holidays and the building will be locked. Only unrestricted users will be able to enter the building and labs. Close the lab doors when you …

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 all other coating, ion milling and electropolishing equipment. It is easy to use. Danielle is adding names and account indexes so you won’t have to do that. We …

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 …

Absence Notice

November 5, 2018. Due to some personal reasons I am going to take leave on the following days– 1. 11/06-11/07. 2. 11/12-11/15 …

SEM

6400 memo page

November 5, 2018. The battery for memo memory is dead. I’m only able to program 15 kv and Shutdown. The new battery …

Minerals and Materials Engineering Building

Titan STEM PC in M&M Bldg

November 5, 2018. We have installed a high-end PC in the M&M Rm 631A (grad computing lab)  for accessing Titan image files. We …

Minerals and Materials Engineering Building

Your images and data

November 2, 2018. I want to let you know that ACMAL is not responsible for your images and data. It is our …

2010 TEM is down

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

JEOL JEM-4000FX TEM

JEOL TEM is back online

October 19, 2018. I tested it this afternoon and vacuum leak is repaired. Images are very good.