Course: Introduction to scanning electron microscopy microanalysis techniques


Event details

Date 29.11.2023 01.12.2023
Hour 08:0017:00
Speaker Dr. Xavier Maeder
Prof. Johann Michler
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English

Modern Scanning Electron Microscopes, when combined with focused ion beams (Dual beam FIBs), provide a larger number of multi-modal imaging and different analytical methods. The course format consists of introductory lectures, lectures on advanced techniques and practical work. This course may be validated for 1 ECTS credit in the doctoral programs of EPFL and ETH Zurich, after acceptance by the corresponding institution. In this case, students will need to attend every lecture and pass a final written examination.


  • Basics of the scanning electron microscopy and focused ion beam instruments (construction principles, signals, interaction with the sample)
  • Advanced imaging modes: STEM, low tension microscopy, high vacuum, ion channeling
  • Advanced microstructure investigation with EBSD and transmission EBSD orientation mapping (EBSD strain and stress analyses with cross correlation technique)
  • Chemical analyses with EDS, WDS and μ-XRF
  • Chemical depth profile with FIB-TOF-SIMS
  • Raman spectrometry for phase and strain/stress analyses

Practical information

  • Informed public
  • Registration required


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