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Scanning electron microscopy

Microscopie électronique à balayage (MSc Geol)

Responsible Faculty: Faculty of Geosciences and Environment (FGSE)

Teacher(s): Rossana Martini, Pierre Vonlanthen
Lecturer(s): -

Validity: 2010 -> 2012

No timetable defined.

Course+Practical work

Autumn semester
18 hours per semester

Teaching language(s): French
Public: Yes
Credits: 0


This course is compulsory for the students using the scanning electron microscopes during their Master thesis.


For practical reasons, this course will be tought on two sites simultaneously (UNIGE: R. Martini; UNIL : P. Vonlanthen).

This course provides an introduction to the functioning and the basic principles required for the self-sufficient use of a scanning electron microscope. Emphasis will be on the main imaging techniques, such as secondary electron and backscatter electron imaging, as well as on chemical analysis through energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and on cathodoluminescence. Preparation of both geological and biological samples for scanning electron microscopy will be treated as well.

The course comprises a theoretical part complemented by hands-on practical exercises performed individually or in groups.

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