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.

The people

The first manager of the facility is Dr. Elaine Humphrey who has experience in a wide field of electron and light microscopy. The first laboratory engineer and trainer is Adam Schuetze, who has much experience in the materials side of electron microscopy.

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.



  • Adam will be away the week of April 21st.
    Posted 5 days ago
  • Just a reminder, the lab is closed Friday April 18 and Monday April 21 for Easter.
    Posted 5 days 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 17 days ago
  • Hitachi S-4800 SEM user fees have increased for inside and academic users as of April 1st. See http://t.co/ZXK9HQM45L
    Posted 17 days ago
  • When booking the FIB, please use the earliest available time slot, to maximize instrument utility.
    Posted 1 month ago
  • If you are using the instruments during regular business hours, we require you to book the instrument online before beginning work.
    Posted 1 month ago
  • When booking the plasma cleaner in the "supplies" section of the booking system, please use the "comment" field to record the tank pressure.
    Posted 1 month ago
  • Want to book sessions past 4:45 PM? Contact Adam about becoming approved for after hours access.
    Posted 2 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 5 months ago

Workshop News

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


  • The FIB workshop scheduled for this coming week has been cancelled. The next workshop will be scheduled for May.
    Posted 5 days ago
  • The next SEM workshop is April 28 and 29, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Apply online: http://t.co/ENbu6HXKho
    Posted 7 days ago
  • Training videos on inserting and removing specimens with Hitachi S-4800 SEM have been posted. http://t.co/ieIudpP3YT
    Posted 4 months ago
  • The fee structure has been posted for SEM EDX training. http://t.co/PsGRc7y4k0
    Posted 4 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 5 months ago

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  • The FIB workshop scheduled for this coming week has been cancelled. The next workshop will be scheduled for May.
    Posted 5 days ago
  • Adam will be away the week of April 21st.
    Posted 5 days ago
  • Just a reminder, the lab is closed Friday April 18 and Monday April 21 for Easter.
    Posted 5 days ago
  • The next SEM workshop is April 28 and 29, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Apply online: http://t.co/ENbu6HXKho
    Posted 7 days ago
  • The second session of the next FIB workshop has been moved from April 15th to April 16th.
    Posted 8 days ago