651-1851-00L  Introduction to Scanning Electron Microscopy

SemesterAutumn Semester 2020
LecturersL. Grafulha Morales, J. Allaz, K. Kunze
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


651-1851-00 GIntroduction to Scanning Electron Microscopy
Block course will take place on 5 full days during the week of 25.-29.1.2021.

Safety Concept Microscopy Exercises:
a) the safety concepts for teaching and the protection concept for practical laboratory courses of ETH Zurich must be followed,
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b) Students and lecturers must wear face masks
c) In order to protect the eyepieces from contamination by the eyes, protective goggles are mandatory
d) Disinfectant is available for regular hand disinfection
e) Latex gloves are provided if required
f) The tables are to be cleaned regularly with surface disinfection
g) The microscopes must be disinfected by the student after the lesson
2 hrsL. Grafulha Morales, J. Allaz, K. Kunze

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AbstractIntroduction to Scanning Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis including Practical training.
ObjectiveIntroduction in scanning electron microscopy and microanalysis. Obtain practical experience in operating a SEM.
ContentFunctional principles and operation modes of a scanning electron microscope. Methods and application fields for
- imaging (SE, BSE, FSE, AE, CL),
- X-ray spectroscopy (EDX)
- Electron diffraction (EBSD, Channeling, Orientation Imaging).
Methods for sample preparation
Practical exercises.
Lecture notesScripts and operation manuals are provided during the course.
Literature- Reed: Electron Microprobe Analysis and Scanning Electron Microscopy in Geology. Cambridge University Press (1996).
- Schmidt: Praxis der Rasterelektronenmikroskopie und Mikrobereichsanalyse. Expert-Verlag Renningen-Malmsheim (1994).
- Reimer, Pfefferkorn: Rasterelektronenmikroskopie. Springer Berlin (1973).
- Goldstein et al: Scanning Elektron Microscopy and X-Ray Microanalysis. Plenum Press New York London (1981).
Prerequisites / NoticeFull day block course after the end of HS

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits1 credit
ExaminersK. Kunze, J. Allaz, L. Grafulha Morales
Typeungraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.

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