General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title SEM-EDS in Geoscicnce
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Danuta Michalska, dr Małgorzata Mrozek-Wysocka
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position profesor
Faculty Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences
Semester 2024/2025 (summer)
Duration 30


30h laboratory x 1 group

Laboratory of SEM-EDS- Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences, rooom L203

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Module aim (aims)

Interdisciplinary applications of scanning electron microscopy and electron dispersive spectrometer; the basics of scanning electron microscopy, preparation and characteristics of selected samples, the possibilities and limitations of using the scanning microscope and microanalysis.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)


Lecture 1: Basic definitions and their importance for the functioning of the microscope (e.g. emission current, beam current, electron lenses). Lecture 2: SEM and its components; the essence of the working distance, the choice of a vacuum; preparation of samples for analyzes in high and low vacuum conditions. Lecture 3: EDS analysis (mapping, point analysis and analysis along the line). Lecture 4: Examples of the use of scanning microscopy in geological research. Lecture 5: Archaeological objects in SEM-EDS. Lecture 6: SEM-EDS - possibilities and limitations. Lecture 7: Students samples- examples of SEM applications.

Reading list

• J. Goldstein, D. Newbury, D. Joy, Ch. Lyman, P. Echlin, E. Lifshin, L. Sawyer, J. Michael, 1981 - Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Microanalysis, New York, Kluwer;• R. F. Egerton 2005 - Physical principles of electron microscopy an introduction to TEM, SEM, and AEM;• S. J. B. Reed 2005 - Electron microprobe analysis and scanning electron microscopy in geology;• Joseph I Goldstein 2003 - Scanning electron microscopy and X-ray microanalysis• J. E. Welton 1983 - SEM Petrology Atlas;• W. C. Mahaney 2002 - Atlas of sand grain surface textures and applications;• Kenichi. Shimizu, Tomoaki Mitani 2010 - New horizons of applied scanning electron microscopy;• Deer, Howie, Zussmann, 1985 - An introduction to the rock forming minerals. Longman.