Our Facilities

The Carleton University Nano Imaging Facility provides a full-cycled service for users at all levels of experience. Our facility is used for both teaching and research. Academic, government, and commercial users are welcome to take advantage of our expertise. Our staff run SEM/TEM training courses for new users and we offer a full-range of technical support that spans from sample preparation, to instrument operation and EDX analysis. 

Available Major Equipment at the Facility 

Tescan Vega-II XMU Scanning Electron Microscope
Minimum Resolution~10nm at 30KV and high vacuum mode
Magnification3x - 500kx
Accelerating Voltage0.2kV - 30kV and values in between
Probe Current1pA - 2uA
ScanningScanning speed adjustable from 200ns - 2.6ms per pixel, in steps or continuously
Image SizesUp to 8,192 x 8,192 pixels for posters.
Elemental AnalysisOxford Inca Energy X-Act EDS
Cold StageAvailable
Variable Pressure and Wet OperationAvailable


FEI Tecnai G2 F20 Transmission Electron Microscope
Minimum Point Resolution~0.24nm at 200kV
Minimum Line Resolution0.144nm at 200kV
Magnification20x - 1,030kx
Accelerating Voltage20kV - 200kV and values in between
Probe Current0.5nA or more in 1nm probe
Electron SourceSchottky Field Emitter 
Elemental AnalysisOxford AZtec with 80mm SDD detector
Imaging SystemGatan ORIUS TEM CCD Camera
Maximum Imaging Size4096 x 4096