Central Instrument Facility

Scanning Electron Microscopy Lab

Colorado State University



Capabilities of the JEOL JSM-6500F

Capabilities of the Thermo Electron EDS system

Liquid Nitrogen Cooled X-ray Detectors

The no compromises solution to high sensitivity, high resolution X-ray detection:

  • 5 liter dewar capacitiy
  • Crystal areas from 10mm2 to 40mm2
  • Mn resolution down to 129 eV
  • F resolution down to 65 eV
  • Light element detection down to Beryllium



(From Thermo Electron Website)



Operating Instructions

Abbreviated Operating Instructions

EDS Quick Start Guide

SEM Training Video

Sign-up Procedures

Calendar Sign-up

Useful Links:

Microscopy Society of America

CIF XPS/Auger website

Useful Tutorials:

EDS Hardware

SEM Tutorial


Contact Information

If you wish to do collaborative research at the Central Instrument Facility using the SEM/EDS system please contact Pat McCurdy at (970) 491-4282.