Salem State College

Scanning Electron

Microscopy Lab

In the fall of 2002 Salem State College purchased a Scanning Electron Microscope.  The microscope is a JEOL 6360-LV equipped with an EDAX GENESIS 2000 X-Ray Microanalysis System.  The instrument is in room 423 of Meier Hall.

"Today, the scanning electron microscope is utilized not only in medical science and biology, but also in such diverse fields as materials development, metallic materials, ceramics, and semiconductors. The SEM is getting easier to use with the progress of electronics and with the introduction of new techniques. Anybody can, in fact, now take micrographs after short-time training in its operational procedure." (excerpt from JEOL's: A Guide to Scanning Microscope Observation)

The low-vacuum mode of this instrument allows for the observation of specimens which cannot be viewed at high vacuum due to excessive water content or due to a non-conductive surface. Its specimen chamber can accommodate a specimen of up to 6-inches in diameter.  

Along with the scope, the SEM facility is equipped with a Fisons sputter coater for carbon and/or gold-palladium coating, a Polaron critical-point dryer, a Branson ultrasonic cleaner, and 2 Zeiss stereoscopes.

For further information contact Paul Kelly at 978-542-6709 or