blog.makezine.com writes: [via]
When we last checked in on Ben Krasnow’s homemade SEM, he had just achieved his first successful image with the device. As his latest video shows, the project has come a long way since then. It’s a long clip, by internet standards, at almost 10 minutes, but Ben does a great job of communicating what he’s doing and why, taking us through each step in the imaging process, from loading the sample, through pumping down the vacuum chamber and powering up the electronics, to fine-tuning the image itself. Which looks great, by the way–even after making the trip to Maker Faire and back.
This is only the most recent in a series of truly outstanding projects from Ben. Check out the links below for some of our past coverage of his work, and Ben’s personal blog for new updates.
How-To: Operate a Homemade Scanning Electron Microscope – [Link]
Electron is surprisingly spherical… [via]
The experiment, which spanned more than a decade, suggests that the electron differs from being perfectly round by less than 0.000000000000000000000000001 cm. This means that if the electron were magnified to the size of the solar system, it would still appear spherical to within the width of a human hair.
Electron is surprisingly spherical – [Link]
Amazing DIY scanning electron microscope. bkraz333 writes: [via]
Today, I finally produced an image with my DIY scanning electron microscope. I’ve spent the last few months working on this project, and am encouraged by today’s success. There is still a lot of work left to do in making the image higher resolution, and eliminating sources of noise, however this image proves that all parts of the microscope are operating as designed.
DIY scanning electron microscope – [Link]