Training Information


In order to operate the microscopes or ancillary equipment users must be trained by the Microscopy Facility Staff or Director.


Basic Operator Training for the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
Basic Operator Training is conducted periodically on an as-needed basis. Before attending or requesting Basic Operator Training, you must view a set of training videos that are posted on the Y-Train website

 Follow these instructions for accessing the training videos. Navigate to http://ytrain.byu.edu then enter your BYU Net ID and password. In the “keywords” box type in "microscope," which will bring up the program.  Click on details, then enroll, then confirm enrollment.  You will see that there are 6 Sub-Modules. Start with the "Overview" and then view the remainder in order (Part 1, Part 2,....). Don't forget to click on the Mark as Completed box after viewing each lesson.

The Basic Operator Training for the SEM consists of several "hands-on" sessions on the microscope with either Mike Standing on the Low-Vacuum Apreo SEM, or the Helios Dual-Beam SEM/FIB in the McDonald building (MB) OR Paul Minson on the High-resolution Verios SEM in the underground lab facility of the Eyring Science center (ESC). Once you have completed the online training modules, you may request Basic Operator Training (or attend a training session that has already been scheduled) by contacting Mike or Paul depending on which microscope you would like be trained.

A training session will be scheduled once 2 or more persons have requested training. The date and time will be set to accommodate those that have initially requested training, but a general announcement for the training may then be made to inform any additional persons interested in the training. 
The training is free for BYU Students, Faculty and Staff if conducted in groups. However, if training is needed right away and cannot wait for another person to request the training, a billing code may be provided to the Facility Staff or Director and the trainee will be charged for the microscope time that is used for training (typically 4-5 hours for the SEM).


Basic Operator Training for the Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)
The Basic Operator Training for the TEM consists of several "hands-on" sessions on the microscope with  Paul Minson on the Tecnai F20 TEM/STEM in the underground lab facility of the Eyring Science center (ESC). Please contact Paul to request TEM training.

A training session will be scheduled once 2 or more persons have requested training. The date and time will be set to accommodate those that have initially requested training, but a general announcement for the training may then be made to inform any additional persons interested in the training. 
The training is free for BYU Students, Faculty and Staff if conducted in groups. However, if training is needed right away and cannot wait for another person to request the training, a billing code may be provided to the Facility Staff or Director and the trainee will be charged for the microscope time that is used for training (typically 6 hours for the SEM).

Advanced Operator Training for other equipment/techniques
Training for other equipment in the facility or for more advanced microscopy techniques are listed below. Please use the links below to make the request. Please include a brief description of the project for which you will need the equipment or technique.

Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD on the Apreo or Helios)
Cathodoluminescence (CL on the Apreo)
X-ray Energy Dispersive Spectrometry (XEDS on the Apreo or Helios)
X-ray Energy Dispersive Spectrometry (XEDS on the Verios)
X-ray Energy Dispersive Spectrometry (XEDS on the TF20 TEM/STEM)
Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM on the TF20 TEM/STEM)
Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM on the Verios)
Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM on the Helios)
Focused Ion Beam milling or imaging (FIB on the HELIOS)