Hm - "refurbished by refilling the reservoir with Gallium". That sounds like a DIY job if I ever heard one! I happen to have some Gallium sitting right here...


On Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 5:55 PM, Nathan McCorkle <> wrote:
Also, here's a link to a 'quote' on a new source... I've heard how
much these usually cost before, but I can't remember exactly at the
moment. I think around $2-4k:

Here's a good primer on FIB I just found when searching for the
average lifetime of the Gallium source:
(warning 159MB)

On Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 5:48 PM, Nathan McCorkle <> wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 5:39 PM, Patrik D'haeseleer <> wrote:
>> DOH! Thank Nathan - that would be a huge difference. I got fooled by the
>> fact that the several listings on all call it a FIB SEM
>> system:
>> Don't these things usually allow some secondary electron imaging as well
>> though?
> Yes, the imaging electronics is the same as a scanning electron
> microscope, the beam scan electronics probably a bit different but
> mostly the same ideas (using electrical or magnetic fields to scan the
> beam).
>> If it doesn't have any imaging capabilities, I doubt that we would want this
>> beast. Would be good to check this with the owner though...
> Yep, I'm guessing this has imaging... it would be pretty hard to focus
> to <5nm without some feedback to check edges for!