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Slicing, dicing, patterning, and imaging at the nano scale with a beam of gallium: hands-on workshop at Microscopy Village

June 21, 2024 2:00-3:20 PM

Microscopy Village

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Get hands on with a Focused Ion Beam (FIB) microscope and explore the nano world while at the same time blasting it away. FIBs are similar to Scanning Electron Microscopes, except you use ions instead of electrons. Ions being heavier than electrons means you can draw nano art with the beam or cut the sample open to find out what’s inside. Deep down FIBs are milling machines that happen to capture incredible images while ablating away the sample. During this workshop you will learn how to: prepare and load samples, turn on and stabilize the Liquid Metal Ion Source, align the ion beam, capture an image, and mill a pattern. Trainees can then operate the microscope over the course of the rest of the conference. Feel free to bring your own samples and we can evaluate what is ok to put in the microscope.

Adam and Isabel develop open source hardware for electron and ion microscopes. Combined they have over 10 years of experience moving, hacking, rebuilding, and repairing electron microscopes of every vintage and every make. In their NW Portland workshop & lab they can be found building boards, capturing nanographs, and keeping their fleet of microscopes online.