A little bit of history

 

The Scanning Transmission Electron Holography Microscope promises to be the most powerful microscope every built by a manufacturer to date. It is supported by a high-resolution analytical SEM, FIB, Ion Mill and Plasma Cleaner. It will be used by researchers at the University of Victoria and by researchers locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and puts the University of Victoria on the map as a center of excellence for microscopy.

The proposal

In the near future this section will contain a description of the proposal process.

Construction

Construction of the Advanced Microscopy Facility began in 2008 with the laying of the isolated foundation on which the facility rests, as shown below.

Building the foundation

Building the foundation, courtesy of DURWEST Construction Management

By April 2009 installation of the metal wall framing had begun.

Framing the walls

Framing the walls, courtesty of DURWEST Construction Management

By May 2009 framing, piping, followed by drywall installation were completed.

Drywall installation

Drywall installation, courtesy of DURWEST Construction Management

By the beginning of June 2009, the suspended ceiling and paint were complete.

Ceiling panels and paint

Ceiling panels and paint, courtesy of DURWEST Construction Management

S-4800 SEM and FB-2100 FIB Installation

Installation of the equipment began on June 23, 2009.

The microscope crates on the loading dock

The microscope crates on the loading dock, courtesy of Dr. Elaine Humphrey

The crates unpacked

The crates unpacked, courtesy of Dr. Elaine Humphrey

The crates unpacked

The crates unpacked, courtesy of Dr. Elaine Humphrey

Moving the unpacked microscopes into the instrument room

Moving the unpacked microscopes into the instrument room, courtesy of Dr. Elaine Humphrey

Preliminary installation was completed in July 2009, with the Hitachi S-4800 SEM ready for operation September 2009, and the Hitachi FB-2100 FIB ready for operation August 2009.

The Hitachi S-4800 SEM in place

The Hitachi S-4800 SEM in place, courtesy of Dr. Elaine Humphrey

The Hitachi FB-2100 FIB in place

The Hitachi FB-2100 FIB in place, courtesy of Dr. Elaine Humphrey

STEHM development

Below are the first photographs of the STEHM, in Hitachi's Naka Works in Japan. At this time, the system had already exceeded the guaranteed resolution specification, and was on its way to Germany to get its Cs + Cc corrector for STEM and Cs + coma corrector for TEM, which will improve its resolution further.

Rodney Herring and Hitachi HF-33XX STEHM

Rodney Herring and Hitachi HF-33XX STEHM

John Braybrook and Hitachi HF-33XX STEHM

John Braybrook and Hitachi HF-33XX STEHM

STEHM installation

Installation of the HF-3300V Scanning Transmission Electron Holography Microscope began on May 22nd, 2012. The following images show the unpacking of some of the 22 crates, and loading of some of the equipment into the Bob Wright Science Centre. All images taken by Adam Schuetze.

Unloading the first crate.

Unloading the first crate.

Dr. Rodney Herring (UVic), Nobuhiro Saito (Hitachi Japan), Dharminder Laul (Hitachi Canada), David Hoyle (Hitachi Canada), and Chris Secord (UVic) examining the first uncrated section of the STEHM.

Dr. Rodney Herring (UVic), Nobuhiro Saito (Hitachi), Dharminder Laul (Hitachi), David Hoyle (Hitachi), and Chris Secord (UVic) examining the first uncrated section of the STEHM.

The partially unloaded truck containing the majority of the 22 crates.

The partially unloaded truck containing the majority of the 22 crates.

Crate label.

Crate label.

Preparing to slide a crate to the truck door in preparation for unloading.

Preparing to slide a crate to the truck door in preparation for unloading.

Unloading a crate from the truck.

Unloading a crate from the truck.

John Braybrook (UVic) examining the electron gun section.

John Braybrook (UVic) examining the electron gun section.

Waiting for the next crate.

Waiting for the next crate.

The empty truck.

The empty truck.

Removing the temporary flooring over the entry hole used to lower the larger STEHM sections into the Bob Wright Centre.

Removing the temporary flooring over the entry hole used to lower the larger STEHM sections into the Bob Wright Centre.

The crane truck used to lower the larger STEHM sections into the Bob Wright Centre.

The crane truck used to lower the larger STEHM sections into the Bob Wright Centre.

Chris Secord (UVic) and Jed (Pro-Tech Industrial Movers) prepare crane for STEHM installation.

Chris Secord (UVic) and Jed (Pro-Tech Industrial Movers) prepare crane for STEHM installation.

The crane with cable attached to lifting framework, ready for lowering.

The crane with cable attached to lifting framework, ready for lowering.

The cable attached to the lifting framework.

The cable attached to the lifting framework.

The STEHM section is over the hole, and the lowering is about to begin.

The STEHM section is over the hole, and the lowering is about to begin.

The STEHM section being lowered into the Bob Wright Centre.

The STEHM section being lowered into the Bob Wright Centre.

Skillings Industrial Movers wheeling the STEHM section down the hallway and into the laboratory.

Skillings Industrial Movers wheeling the STEHM section down the hallway and into the laboratory.

From left to right, in front of the first installed STEHM section: Dr. Rodney Herring (UVic), Dharminder Laul (Hitachi Canada), Nobuhiro Saito (Hitachi Japan), and David Hoyle (Hitachi Canada).

From left to right, in front of the first installed STEHM section: Dr. Rodney Herring (UVic), Dharminder Laul (Hitachi Canada), Nobuhiro Saito (Hitachi Japan), and David Hoyle (Hitachi Canada).

Peter Skillings of Skillings Industrial Movers, who coordinated the moving of the crates from the truck into the Bob Wright Centre.

Peter Skillings of Skillings Industrial Movers, who coordinated the moving of the crates from the truck into the Bob Wright Centre.

STEHM assembly

The following images were taken in the weeks after the STEHM first arrived at UVic, during the assembly process.

Second module of the STEHM on the shipping holder, contains STEM corrector, objective pole piece, and image correctors.

Second module of the STEHM on the shipping holder, contains STEM corrector, objective pole piece, and image correctors.

Second module of the STEHM being lifted into place, by Dharminder Laul (Hitachi Canada), Nobuhiro Saito (Hitachi Japan), and David Hoyle (Hitachi Canada).

Second module of the STEHM being lifted into place, by Dharminder Laul (Hitachi Canada), Nobuhiro Saito (Hitachi Japan), and David Hoyle (Hitachi Canada).

David Hoyle (Hitachi Canada) with the assembled STEHM column.

David Hoyle (Hitachi Canada) with the assembled STEHM column.

Ceremonies

STEHM sign-off ceremony

STEHM sign-off ceremony

On April 16, 2013 the completion of the Scanning Transmission Holography Electron Microscope was officially signed off by the University of Victoria and Hitachi High Technologies. Representing the University of Victoria was John Braybrook and Rodney Herring, and representing Hitachi was David Hoyle.

From left to right, Sandy Bligh (UVic), Rodney Herring (UVic), John Braybrook (UVic), Jill Taylor (UVic), Joaquin Trapero (UVic)

From left to right, David Hoyle (Hitachi), John Braybrook (UVic)

From left to right, Rodney Herring (UVic), John Braybrook (UVic)

From left to right, Rodney Herring (UVic), David Hoyle (Hitachi)

STEHM Inaugural Ceremony

STEHM Inaugural Ceremony

The STEHM Inaugural Ceremony marked the official completion of the scanning transmission electron holography microscope. Representatives of Hitachi High Technologies, Corrected Electron Optical Systems, the University of Victoria, and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation met at the University Club for a dinner and ceremonial gifts to mark the completion of the instrument.

Thanks to Joaquin Trapero of the University of Victoria for the photographs.

(1) Michael Miller (University of Victoria), (2) Nobuyuki Osakabe (Hitachi High Technologies Japan), (3) Ian Cotton (Hitachi High Technologies Canada), (4) Rachael Scarff (University of Victoria), (5) John Braybrook (University of Victoria), (6) Mikio Takagi (Hitachi High Technologies Japan), (7) Ken Harada (Hitachi High Technologies Japan), (8) Rodney Herring (University of Victoria)

(1) Michael Miller (University of Victoria), (2) Ken Harada (Hitachi High Technologies Japan), (3) Ian Cotton (Hitachi High Technologies Canada), (4) Rachael Scarff (University of Victoria), (5) John Braybrook (University of Victoria)

(1) Michael Miller (University of Victoria), (2) Ian Cotton (Hitachi High Technologies Canada)

(1) Nobuyuki Osakabe (Hitachi High Technologies Japan), (2) John Cole (Hitachi High Technologies Canada), (3) Ian Cotton (Hitachi High Technologies Canada), (4) Rachael Scarff (University of Victoria), (5) John Braybrook (University of Victoria)

(1) David Hoyle (Hitachi High Technologies Canada), (2) Adam Schuetze (University of Victoria), (3) Michael Miller (University of Victoria), (4) Yoshifumi Tanaguchi (Hitachi High Technologies Japan), (5) Elaine Humphrey (University of Victoria), (6) Jane Howe (Hitachi High Technologies Canada), (7) John Cole (Hitachi High Technologies Canada), (8) Nobuyuki Osakabe (Hitachi High Technologies Japan), (8) Ian Cotton (Hitachi High Technologies Canada)

(1) Nobuyuki Osakabe, (2) Maximilian Haider (CEOS), (3) Rachael Scarff (University of Victoria), (4) John Braybrook (University of Victoria)

Tours

Hidehito Obayashi

Hidehito Obayashi

The following photographs were taken on July 8th, 2013, during a visit by Dr. Hidehito Obayashi, Chariman Emeritus of Hitachi High-Technologies. Dr. Obayashi was visiting the STEHM, an instrument whose development he supported as Chairman.

From left to right: Michael Miller (UVic), Ian Cotton (Hitachi High-Tech Canada), David Hoyle (Hitachi High-Tech Canada), Hidehito Obayashi (Hitachi High-Tech Japan), Rodney Herring (UVic), John Cole (Hitachi High-Tech Canada)

From left to right: Michael Miller (UVic), Ian Cotton (Hitachi High-Tech Canada), David Hoyle (Hitachi High-Tech Canada), Hidehito Obayashi (Hitachi High-Tech Japan), Rodney Herring (UVic), John Cole (Hitachi High-Tech Canada)

Hidehito Obayashi

Hidehito Obayashi

Michael Miller (UVic) and Hidehito Obayashi (Hitachi High-Technologies)

Michael Miller and Hidehito Obayashi

Hidehito Obayashi, Chairman Emeritus, Hitachi High-Technologies

Hidehito Obayashi, Chairman Emeritus, Hitachi High-Technologies

Critical Information

Please review these items before booking your instrument or planning your project.



  • A new 1 TB HDD is installed in the SEM PC. Please use Drive F to save your images.
    Posted 6 hours ago
  • Adam will be away next Tuesday and Wednesday, October 28 and 29.
    Posted 6 days ago
  • There is now a study area with table and chairs at the end of the lab hallway.
    Posted 6 days ago
  • Food and drink is no longer allowed in the lab. Please leave it on the table outside the main lab door.
    Posted 6 days ago
  • Adam has resigned his position at the lab, and will be leaving UVic in several weeks.
    Posted 8 days ago
  • Adam has a new lab email address: amfadam@uvic.ca. Please use this address for all lab related communication.
    Posted 12 days ago
  • If you need the lab PC username and password, see Adam in the lab.
    Posted 20 days ago
  • The lab PC hard drive has been replaced. The computer is now ready for use.
    Posted 20 days ago
  • Starting today, all consumables and other supplies must be recording in the electronic booking system. See the "Supplies" tab after login.
    Posted 20 days ago
  • Dr. Elaine Humphrey has left the AMF as manager, but will be working on various projects in the lab into the future.
    Posted 1 month ago
  • The online booking system is being updated. If you receive an error message about account numbers when booking, please notify us.
    Posted 1 month ago
  • Starting today, FIB & SEM users who have not booked sessions for more than 24 weeks will be evaluated for retraining on their next booking.
    Posted 4 months ago
  • The door codes have been changed. You must now sign out a hard key for after-hours access, which must be returned after work is completed.
    Posted 6 months ago
  • Hitachi S-4800 SEM users will no longer pay an additional fee to use EDS, as of April 1st. See http://t.co/44xClI4ICg
    Posted 7 months ago
  • Hitachi S-4800 SEM user fees have increased for inside and academic users as of April 1st. See http://t.co/ZXK9HQM45L
    Posted 7 months ago
  • Want to book sessions past 4:45 PM? Contact Adam about becoming approved for after hours access.
    Posted 9 months ago
  • Want to get trained on the STEHM? Fill out the application form, and we'll notify you when the next session will be. http://t.co/FBND5ZHPGC
    Posted 1 year ago

Workshop News

See below for the next available workshop and workshop related news.


  • The first day of the next SEM workshop has been moved from October 29th to October 30th.
    Posted 6 days ago
  • The next SEM workshop has been moved by several days. New dates: October 29th and November 4th, 2014.
    Posted 27 days ago
  • The next FIB workshop is Nov 3 & 5, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Sign up online: http://t.co/iRkXOeXgKg
    Posted 1 month ago
  • Just posted -- four SEM training videos: astigmatism correction, beam align, aperture align, and stigma align. http://t.co/ieIudpP3YT
    Posted 1 month ago
  • Training videos on inserting and removing specimens with Hitachi S-4800 SEM have been posted. http://t.co/ieIudpP3YT
    Posted 11 months ago
  • The fee structure has been posted for SEM EDX training. http://t.co/PsGRc7y4k0
    Posted 11 months ago
  • Want to get trained on the STEHM? Fill out the application form, and we'll notify you when the next session will be. http://t.co/FBND5ZHPGC
    Posted 1 year ago

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  • A new 1 TB HDD is installed in the SEM PC. Please use Drive F to save your images.
    Posted 6 hours ago
  • Adam will be away next Tuesday and Wednesday, October 28 and 29.
    Posted 6 days ago
  • The first day of the next SEM workshop has been moved from October 29th to October 30th.
    Posted 6 days ago
  • There is now a study area with table and chairs at the end of the lab hallway.
    Posted 6 days ago
  • Food and drink is no longer allowed in the lab. Please leave it on the table outside the main lab door.
    Posted 6 days ago