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New bench-top Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) in Paleontology Department, Avalon

In late December 2014, a new Nikon JCM-6000 NeoScope Bench-top SEM and coating machine were installed in the Paleontology Department.

This compact and easy to use SEM bridges the gap between optical microscopes and traditional SEMs. It enables small objects to be magnified up to 20,000-times and high-quality digital images with an excellent depth of field to be captured in standard tif, jpg, and bmp formats. We envisage the SEM being used mainly for paleontological, sedimentological and biological samples, but other applications are possible. It does not, however, have an EDS analysing attachment.

Minimal training is needed to operate the NeoScope (about 10-15 minutes) and this can be provided by either Marianna Terezow or Martin Crundwell.

Prospective users should contact us here.

SEM operator

Paleontology technician, Marianna Terezow, scanning foraminifera with the SEM.