October 25, 2010 The policy on the use of AFM instruments has changed and hourly use charges are not in effect anymore. Nevertheless, we still request that every user reports both his/her name and time spent on the instrument to the AFM logbook. Those who don’t obey to this rule will be expelled from the AFM lab. Also only trained users or users assisted with trained students or staff are allowed to operate AFM.
Since there is no hourly charge use, all users are asked to purchase their own cantilevers or they will be charged with the cost of replaced cantilevers. I can direct you to a cantilever vendor. Any charges due to damages to or misfunctions of the instrument will be considered on case by case bases.
Please contact me with any questions.
July 31, 2009 There are 2 important things happening in the next week or so.
1. I will be installing the computer logbook system on the AFM on MOnday, Aug 3. PLEASE stop by and check that your info is in the database!
2. I will be moving the AFM into the room next door late next week or early the week of Aug 10. The AFM will likely be unusable for a few days then. In preparation I have moved some cabinets and their contents to other locations but I don’t think this will affect most of you.
July 15, 2009 I will have a computer logbook attached to the AFM before Aug 1. As with the electron microscope systems, I will have to enter your account and ID into the system. I advise that you do this before you need to use the system as we may not be able to respond immediately. Look for an update from me about the installation date.
January 13, 2009 The system is repaired and back in service.
December 19, 2008 The problem is a bad capacitor on the AUX board.
December 8, 2008 The laser cannot be adjusted via the controller. This the system is unusable. We have contacted Veeco for assistance.
October 12, 2008 I’ve replaced 2 video monitors.
August 12, 2008 The AFM lab will be waxed tomorrow morning and thus be unavailable for use. The custodians have stored their equipment in the lab today but it is out of your way to use the AFM
July 17, 2008 One CRT on the system failed and was replaced. We have placed an order for cantilevers.
April 1, 2008 The AFM computer hard drive is full of data. We will be erasing that data Friday this week. Please remove anything you want. In the future, I will be erasing data periodically, do not leave anything you want on the drive.