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Scott M Kuehner
ESS 553
Seattle Campus

Electron Beam Microanalysis

Materials analysis using electron beams, including electron-target interactions, wave and energy dispersive x-ray analysis, scanning electron microscopy, and applications of these and related techniques to geological problems.

Class description

The class will cover various aspects of electron beam -> sample interaction, the operation of a JEOL 733 electron microprobe, and how to utilize theory and hardware to obtain quantitative analysis of inorganic solids.

Additional related lecture topics will include an overview of transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and an introduction to mass spectroscopy.

Student learning goals

Understand the origin and analytical use of the signals emitted from solids when bombarded by electron beams.

Understand the basic operation and function of electron column components including lenses, apertures.

Understand the origin of secondary and backscattered electrons and their imaging applications.

Using x-rays for quantitative analysis.

General method of instruction

There are 3-4hrs of lecture and 3hrs lab per week.

Recommended preparation

Senior or graduate student with 1 year physics and one year chemistry.

Class assignments and grading

Weekly assignments are based on laboratory exercises.

One in class mid-term, one take-home final and a lab project.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Scott M Kuehner
Date: 11/18/2013