Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope

FEI XL30 Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope-Field Emission Gun

The FEI XL30 ESEM-FEG is used for imaging a wide range of samples, everything from polished rock sections to bacteria to Egyptian mummies. With carbon or gold coated samples, the ESEM can be used as a traditional SEM utilising either secondary electron or backscattered electron detectors.

Under ‘wet’ mode, the ESEM can be used to image uncoated samples, ideal for imaging biological materials and precious samples. The ESEM is equipped with an EDAX Gemini EDS system, so elemental analysis of samples can be carried out whilst imaging. The EDAX system can also be used to automatically map and analyse components. The ESEM is also equipped with a Gatan gold stage for cryo-imaging.

Training Required: Please contact Richard Cutting regarding any training requirements.

Booking System: Instrument request forms are available from Richard Cutting, or the file racks on the door to the ESEM laboratory. A completed, singed form must be returned prior to use/booking of the instrument. Once you have registered, you can book the instrument on-line.


Location: Room B08a, Williamson Building  |  Member of staff: Dr Richard Cutting


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