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ACMAL Thanksgiving lab schedule

November 15, 2017. Next Thursday and Friday, Nov 23rd and 24th are university holidays. The labs will be closed to all but unrestricted users on those days. Danielle, Justina and Joe will be in and out. Make appointments with them if you need their help.


FESEM operational

June 1, 2017. The Hitachi engineer replaced a suspect board in the FESEM and the system is working after running overnight. He wants us to use the microscope today while he is here at the lab in case the problem reoccurs. I have opened up the calendar so you can …

Minerals and Materials Engineering Building

Electricians in labs

May 11, 2017. Electricians are installing fire alarm circuits in the 6th floor microscopy labs. I am having to cover the equipment when they are in a lab. I’m blocking out a lot of time on the calendars for this project and will release it when they are done.

Google microscope calendars

May 13, 2014. All of the microscopes now have Google resource calendars.  Late this afternoon I will transfer remaining appointments to the new calendars and we will shut down to old ones.Remember that the instructions to use the new calendars are here.

New reservation calendars

May 7, 2014. Reminder that we have switched to Google calendar on the FESEM, FIB, AFM & Critical Point Dryer. Instructions for use are here. Let me know if you are having problems. May 6, 2014. I’ve transferred appointments from the old calendars into the new google calendars. We …

Labs closed

February 21, 2014. The university closed at 2:00. We are closing the labs after the current users finish their work. All later appointments are cancelled. We will reopen Monday at 8:00.


TEM status – online

June 6, 2013. The TEM is repaired and, after the gun vacuum improves overnight, should be ready for the first appointment (Yang). Note that one of the standard sample holders was bent somehow. I’ll send it in for repair. Be careful – repairs like this lead to higher use charges.

Both carbon coaters down

April 4, 2013. I was having vacuum problems with one of the coaters and started using the backup. The backup blew up this morning. So, we have no carbon coating capacity. I will reschedule appointments and work on the leak this afternoon.

Hitachi S-4700 FE-SEM

FESEM status

April 1, 2013. The FESEM is back online. I’d like to let it pump overnight and, unless the is some problem, you can start using it tomorrow morning. March 29, 2013. The FESEM is unusable. We have 2 bad vacuum pumps, one of which is a “new, rebuilt” pump Hitachi …