Sample Preparation Equipment

Gatan Model 656 Dimple Grinder

The dimple grinder is for mechanical prethinning of TEM samples prior to  ion polishing.

Gatan Model 691 Precision Ion Polishing System

The Gatan Precision Ion Polishing System (PIPS) is used for final thinning to electron transparency of TEM samples. The argon ion polishing is performed by two variable-angle penning ion guns.

Quorum Q150R ES Gold Sputter/Carbon Coater

The Quorum Q150R ES is a compact rotary pumped coating system for sputter coating gold and carbon coating for SEM applications.

Henniker Plasma HP-100 Plasma Cleaner

The Henniker Plasma HP-100 is a benchtop plasma cleaner, suitable for removal of surface hydrocarbon contamination from a wide range of materials. It is equipped with oxygen and argon gases; the flow rates and power (0 – 100 W) can be continuously controlled through the touch screen.