SEM: Advanced EDS

Course Details

Scanning Electron Microscopy: Advanced X-ray Microanalysis by EDS

This is an advanced Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) course in x-ray microanalysis using energy-dispersive x-ray spectrometry (EDS). The prerequisite is successful completion of a SEM training or an equivalent level of experience. The SEM workshop will provide instruction and hands-on practice on performing EDS, analyzing difficult samples, mapping, and interpreting analysis results.

  • Brief review of the theory of X-ray generation
  • Optimizing X-ray detection
  • Qualitative X-ray strategies for difficult samples
  • Performing matrix correction and quantitative analysis
  • Elemental line profiling and spectral imaging
  • Interpreting EDS data

Upon satisfactory completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Prepare samples for X-ray analysis
  • Employ best practices for X-ray analysis
  • Perform analysis at low vacuum
  • Achieve mapping and spectral imaging
  • Interpret data

Students who have attended Hooke College of Applied Science’s Scanning Electron Microscopy course or an equivalent level of experience.

None. This course is designed as a basic introduction to microscopy and trace evidence analysis.

All instrumentation, materials, and supplies necessary for successful completion of this course will be provided onsite by Hooke College of Applied Sciences.

  • Detailed course manual
  • JEOL JSM-6480LV low vacuum SEM
  • JEOL JSM-6610LV low vacuum SEM

Scanning Electron Microscopy or an equivalent level of experience.

Students are expected to successfully complete a variety of tasks in the form of hands-on exercises, laboratory exercises, identifications of unknowns, and quizzes. Students are notified at the end of the course whether or not they have successfully completed the requirements of the course based on:

  • 100% Attendance
  • Class participation
  • Completion of all course material
  • Completed and signed student evaluation form

Upon successfully meeting these requirements, a student is awarded a certificate of completion and CEU credits, if available. Those who have not successfully passed the course requirements do not receive a certificate or CEU credits.

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