Introduction to Transmission Electron Microscopy (Physical Science)

The course will provide participants with:

  • Understanding of the basic construction and electron optical principles of TEM.
  • Concepts for conducting selected area electron diffraction experiments and interpreting diffraction patterns.
  • Principles and procedures for carrying out bright field, dark field and 2‐beam imaging.
  • Awareness of imaging and diffraction artefacts.
  • Basic strategies for image interpretation and presentation.


Main topics

  • Review of the crystallographic, structural and analytical information available by TEM
  • Principle components of a TEM – lenses, apertures, pole pieces
  • Control and function of pre‐specimen lenses and post‐specimen lenses
  • Finding under focus and over focus conditions using the Fresnel fringe
  • Electron diffraction of periodic structures
  • Using selected area electron diffraction to differentiate perfect crystals, superstructures, intergrowths and disordered crystals
  • The steps to indexing SAD patterns with practice exercises
  • Principles and practice for setting up a TEM for SAD collection
  • Hands‐on practice of collecting electron images
  • Examples of the generation of artefacts in TEM imaging, and
  • Basic steps and protocols for image interpretation.


Transmission Electron Microscopes at CAM

Cost: AUD$150 per person (GST not included)

Please contact CAM to register for this workshop.


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