A Tour of the Laboratory
With the instrument weighing in at 450 kg, and the dimensions of the main unit being around 90 cm square, there was little hope of its fitting into my bungalow, even if I had the space. I therefore commissioned a builder to construct a purpose-
To the left of the door is the preparation bench, on which sit the dryer and sputter coater. Opposite this, to the right of the door, there is a “dry” bench, used for assembling specimens onto stubs.
Since neither the SEM nor myself as the operator would function well in very high ambient temperatures, the laboratory is fitted with air conditioning, which doubles up as a heat pump in cold weather.
This is the preparation bench, where specimens will be dried and, after they have been arranged on stubs, where they will be sputter coated with gold. Clearly visible in this photograph are:
Opposite the preparation bench is the “Light Microscope Bench”. On the right is a Zeiss Photomic II compound microscope. To the left of that is a Leica stereo microscope, used for assembling the specimens on to stubs. The arrangement to the left of the bench is to assist in mounting objects accurately onto stubs. The lab-
The lab also boasts a simple sound system, for background music or radio, and a PC connected to the Internet.