SEM and EDS Training
Our training approach grounds the student in the fundamental theory and operation of the systems so that they can think through problems of sample preparation and use the technologies to their best advantage.
Training in the use of the SEM/EDS system is available by taking Bio s34 or Geo 223, or by arranging for a tutorial with Greg Anderson. Independent use of the instrumentation requires users to demonstrate minimal competency in using the SEM. Students are encouraged to take one of the courses, if possible. Geo 223 is offered in most years (winter term) whereas Bio s34 generally offered every third year, and will next be offered in ST 2013.
Our Bio s34 laboratory training exercises focus on both theoretical and practical applications of the technologies to reinforce basic understanding of electron optical systems, beam-specimen interactions, and sample preparation. Both of the biology and geology courses culminate in individual projects, often related to thesis or independent study problems, that encourage the student to apply and broaden their working knowledge of the technologies.