Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
A LEO1450VP Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) with an EDAX Phoenix Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (EDS) and an HKL Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) system is located in Druckenmiller Room 115. The personal-computer controlled instrument allows digital imaging (up to 300,000x magnification at 3.5nm resolution), chemical analysis, and orientation mapping. The SEM/EDS was funded through a grant from the NSF Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement Program, with matching funds awarded by Bowdoin College, and the EBSD was funded through a NSF Major Research Instrumentation grant.
The SEM/EDS/EBSD is used by students and faculty throughout the college. A range of specimens may be imaged and analyzed, including minerals, microfossils, nematodes, plants, bone tools, and ceramics. If you want to use the SEM, or want more information, please contact:
Prof. Rachel Beane: 725-3160 (office) or 725-3981 (SEM lab)
Additional information on our SEM:
- Bowdoin Academic Spotlight: Investigating the World with a Scanning Electron Microscope »
- EDAX (instrument manufacturer)
- Instructions for use of the SEM
- EBSDSample Preparation
Information on Bowdoin College's Electron Backscatter Diffraction System .
These web pages and material are based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. 9951390 and 0320871 to R. Beane. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.