• FESEM update

    September 19, 2018. The engineers think there is some contamination on a stationary aperture in the column. It will be a big job to change it and it couldn’t be done before next week at the earliest, more likely the week after. I found that the scope works fine at …

    Hitachi S-4700 FE-SEM
  • 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
  • FESEM problem

    September 19, 2018. There is a problem with the FESEM that shows up when adjusting the beam alignment. Usually we should see a nice round spot but now it is stretched our into an ellipse. I’ve contacted the engineers who have given me a few tests to run. The scope …

    Hitachi S-4700 FE-SEM
  • 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
  • 6400 down

    August 29, 2018. The alignment was lost after a power outage yesterday. I’ll get it back online tomorrow morning.

    JEOL JSM-6400 SEM
  • 6400 online

    August 27, 2018. I got the 6400 stage back online this morning and tried to reproduce the problem without success. If the stage runs away (moves quickly out of control) turn off the red button on the SEM table top below the LH CRT monitor. Call for help. 906-369-1875.

    JEOL JSM-6400 SEM
  • JEOL 2010 TEM status

    August 10, 2018. I have the scope back under vacuum. The HV is ramping up towards 190 over the next 4 hours. Hopefully it stays on! Remember Im on vacation next week. Call if you need help.

Hitachi S-4700 FE-SEM

FESEM update

September 19, 2018. The engineers think there is some contamination on a stationary aperture in the column. It will be a big job to change it and it couldn’t be done before next week at the earliest, more likely the week after. I found that the scope works fine at …

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 S-4700 FE-SEM

FESEM problem

September 19, 2018. There is a problem with the FESEM that shows up when adjusting the beam alignment. Usually we should see …

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 …

Hitachi FB-2000A FIB

FIB logbook system is down

September 14, 2018. 4:20 pm. FIB logbook system is back online. September 14, 2018. 1:12 pm. I’ll put a tablet to use …

M and M Building

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 …

Hitachi FB-2000A FIB

FIB back online

September 13, 2018. The FIB is back online now. I know that work is backed up a little. I’ll be trying to …

Hitachi FB-2000A FIB

FIB repair status

September 11, 2018. Hitachi service is here today to start FIB repairs. He has identified the problem and knows where the contamination …

JEOL JSM-6400 SEM

6400 down

August 29, 2018. The alignment was lost after a power outage yesterday. I’ll get it back online tomorrow morning.

JEOL JSM-6400 SEM

6400 online

August 27, 2018. I got the 6400 stage back online this morning and tried to reproduce the problem without success. If the …