The Aalto University Nanomicroscopy Center collects a number of high resolution microscopes into one facility that is equally open to everyone.
The instruments include the only sub-Ångström transmission electron microscope (TEM) in Finland, a liquid helium cooled cryo-TEM, cryo scanning tunneling microscopes (STM), scanning electron microscopes (SEM), atomic force microcopes (AFM), and X-ray scattering equipment (SAXS/WAXS).
All instruments in the Nanomicroscopy Center are available for users inside and outside Aalto University. Also paid imaging service is available, especially for companies and industry.
Users for TEM, SEM, and AFM are trained to operate the microscopes on their own. There are also options for paid service and research collaboration.
Nanomicroscopy Center building
The new building has been designed to provide stable operating environment with minimal external disturbances. In order to prevent mechanical and acoustical vibrations the instrument rooms are completely isolated from the building exterior and each instrument has its own operator room and accessory room. Building is designed to minimize AC electromagnetic fields, mechanical vibrations, acoustical noise, minimize air flow at the instruments and to maintain stable room temperatures.
|On left: Cross-section view of the three vibration isolated electron microscopy rooms. The microscopes lie on eight meters high concrete beds, which are separate from the rest of the building.|