Nova 600 NanoLab: SEM, Ga-FIB, GIS & Omniprobe

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Nova 600 NanoLab
Instrument Type Microscopy
Techniques SEM, Ga-FIB, Omniprobe,
Immersion Lens Imaging,
GIS, Cross-sectioning,
TEM Lamella Sample Prep
Staff Manager Matthew S. Hunt, PhD
Staff Email
Staff Phone 626-395-5994
Reserve time on LabRunr
Request training by email
Lab Location B233B Steele
Lab Phone 626-395-1534
Manufacturer FEI (now Thermo Fisher)
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The Nova 600 is a "dual beam" system that combines a field emission gun (FEG) scanning electron microscope (SEM) with a gallium focused ion beam (Ga-FIB). It can be used to capture high quality images (with sub-10 nm resolution) and perform site-specific etching and material deposition (with sub-50 nm resolution). It is also equipped with an Omniprobe nanomanipulator, which can be used to lift out lamella samples prepared for use in a transmission electron microscope (TEM). See a full list of training and educational resources for this instrument below.

SEM Applications
  • Ultra-High-Resolution Imaging (Immersion Mode aka UHR Mode)
  • High-Resolution Imaging (Field-Free Mode aka Normal Mode)
  • Secondary Electron (SE) imaging with an Everhart-Thornley Detector (ETD) & Through-the-Lens Detector (TLD)
  • Backscattered Electron (BSE) imaging with a TLD
  • Platinum deposition via Gas Injection System (GIS)
  • Automated imaging with RunScript program & AutoScript language
Ga-FIB Applications
  • Directly etch patterns into material
  • Cutting & Imaging Cross-Sections
  • TEM Lamella Sample Preparation using an Omniprobe for Liftout
  • Platinum & SiOx deposition via GIS
  • Enhanced etch with XeF2 via GIS
  • Automated patterning with RunScript program & AutoScript language


SOPs & Troubleshooting
Video Tutorials
Graphical Handouts
Manufacturer Manuals
Simulation Software
Order Your Own Stubs


Manufacturer Specifications
SEM Specifications
  • 0.5 to 30.0 kV
  • Apertures: 10 mm, 15 mm, 20 mmm, 30 mm
  • etc.
Ga-FIB Specifications
  • 5.0 to 30.0 kV
  • 10 pA - 20 nA
  • etc.