Service and equipment portfolio
The Scanning Electron Microscopy Laboratory (SEM) is located on the City Centre Campus.
It is available for all members of the university to use for their analyses, which usually form part of project work and Bachelor and Master thesis being undertaken in the respective faculties.
It also performs analyses needed for research projects, one close cooperation partner being the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Stuttgart.
A further, third set of services comprises material analyses for external clients.
Students taking courses in the Physics Laboratory are given an introduction to electron microscopy.
We use a field emission SEM with detectors for secondary electrons (imaging of the surface topography) and backscatter electrons (material contrast images).
X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy
The SEM has a unit for spectroscopic EDX microanalysis. This method of non-destructive elemental analysis allows qualitative detection of the elements from carbon upwards, and quantitative detection from sodium upwards (detection limit in the range of tenths of a percent).
Head of Laboratory:
Laboratory: S 04.-110