SEM Tutorial

This is a page intended to serve as a general introduction to scanning electron microscopy (SEM).

Although everything here is accurate, most material covered here is covered at a superficial level. For more in-depth coverage, I would recommend Goldstein, et al.: Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Microanalysis, 2nd. Edition. My pages here are aimed at a rather low level, so please don't take this as a course in itself, but rather as an introduction so the casual student can begin to get an idea of the basics of SEM, and a beginner can learn enough to begin the actual learning. It is for the latter, (or even the more curious casual visitor) I recommend Goldstein, et al. The primary purpose of this page is to reduce my introductory level teaching load.

On to the tutorial...

Sections:

SEM Components Overview

(What are the big parts?)

 

SEM Image Formation

(How does taht pile of stuff act as a microscope?)

 

SEM Components Details (Detectors, etc)

(Most of the little parts)

 

Contrast Mechanisms

(The wherebys of seeing stuff in the 'scope)

 

Generic SEM Operation (LAST for a VERY good reason!)

(Loading samples and the basic alignment and such common to all SEMs)

 

Tips, hints, and how-tos:

Sample Holder Vices

How to do ECCI

Other Microscopy Resources:

Investigate the Microscopy Society for America