Scanning Electron Microscopy and Its Practical Applications (3)
UM-StL Physics 307 - Winter '99
Physics 307, 381, 400, or 490: 3 Credit Hours of Basics, Readings, Special Topics, or Research on...
Scanning Electron Microscopy & Its Practical Applications - Winter Semester 1999
Proposed boilerplate for Physics 307: Scanning Electron Microscopy (3) Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. A lecture/laboratory study of scientific research techniques using scanning
electron microscopy (SEM). Course includes electron gun/lens optics, beam-specimen interactions, image formation,
associated x-ray techniques, and analysis of images. Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.
This course is geared towards training students to effectively use an SEM and its associated X-ray analytical equipment. The theory part will cover the basic physics of Scanning Electron Microscopy, so that information obtainable from specimens is understood. The lab part deals with operation of such instruments, including the two turbo-pumped Cambridge SEM's in our lab. This course is prerequisite for a course on Transmission Electron Microscopy, to follow.
To take the course, apply to enroll by e-mail or in person with the course instructors. Slots are still open for this semester. Even after all slots in the course are filled, an e-mail application will let us know that you are interested. Credit in Physics reading, special topics or research courses, assuming that your participation meets the appropriate requirements, will then be available by registration with the University after the fact, e.g. for the corresponding course in summer or spring 1998. The possibility for similar credit through the Chemistry or Biology department is under discussion as well.
Our first meeting was Saturday 14 Feb 1998 in Molecular Room 101 at 9am. If you are still interested, stop in for a visit next Saturday morning, or let us know by e-mail.
Richard Anderson ordered his copy of the book from Amazon by overnight mail. However, their stock may be limited. I have also taken steps to get a lab copy, and have the bookstore fly in 10 copies of the text. However, I don't yet know how long that will take.
Haresh Siriwardane of MEMC Electronic Materials will be teaching the course, with help from collaborators primarily at UM-StL and Monsanto.
Ask in class for the discussion password if you don't have it. The pre-course login ID is [Physcs381.E09],
while the pre-course password is [Physcs381.E09]
Questions this course might help you answer...
Why image with electrons rather than light?
How can I turn a piece of paper into a fish-eye lens?
From the vantage point of a micro-human, spiders look like...
What about micro and nano-worlds can a scanning electron microscope tell?
Why image with secondary rather than primary electrons?
What happens when a 20,000 volt electron encounters a penny?
How accurately may grain-size and RMS roughness be measured here?
What knob should I turn next?
Do flea-whiskers have whiskers?
What determines the resolution of an image?
Some local resources of possible interest:
Try focussing a high-res electron microscope image on-line!
deBroglie's electrons and some interesting TEM facts.
Three abstracts for the Winter 1998 AAPT Conference.
An applet for solving constant acceleration problems at any speed.