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Use of MMRC Instruments by Caltech Graduate Students, Postdocs and Visitors

New users

Only trained users are allowed to use MMRC instruments. All untrained people can only enter MMRC labs under the supervision of a Graduate Laboratory Assistant (GLA) or a trained user and are not allowed to operate any instrument. Caltech researchers who want to use the Center's instruments should read the instrument's manual (see the MMRC website for the instrument) and follow the instructions below.

MProbe XPS, Kratos Ultra XPS, and HREELS Instruments

To use the M-Probe XPS, Kratos XPS, or the LKTech HREELS instruments you need to read the relevant manuals (shown below) and write a short research proposal (see proposal requirements below). After this is approved you will be contacted by a GLA for training.
MProbe read the M-Probe Manual,
HREELS read the local Users Manual, LK500 Operations manual and LK5000 Supplementary manual,
Kratos Is reserved for advanced users. To use the Kratos XPS you must be a user of the MProbe and your proposal must give reasons why you need the specific capabilities of the Kratos. You should read (chapter 2 and chapter 3) for the Kratos Manual,

If you only expect to use an instrument a few times or for a few samples, we urge you to consider finding a collaborator who is already a trained user rather then going through the training process yourself. The instrument GLAs can help suggest researchers who may be willing to collaborate with you.

Multi-Mode-8 AFM, Asylum-MFP-Bio AFM, and Digital System ECSTM

The MultiMode-8 is reserved for topology and high (atomic) resolution scanning of dry samples.
The Asylum-MFP-3D Bio is reserved for biological and wet samples.
The Dimension Icon is reserved for more advanced scanning of nanomechanical and nanoelectrical properties.

To use the AFM instruments you need to read the instrument manuals shown bleow and write a short proposal (see requirements below). When the proposal is approved a GLA will contact your for training.
MultiMode-8 read the AFM Training Notebook and the Multi mode SPM Manual
Asylum MRP-3D bio read the relevant parts of the Asylum Operation 'Manualette'.
Dimension Icon users must have 50 h of experience on the MultiMode-AFM prior to training on the DI. They need to read the AFM Training Notebook , Dimension Icon manual and the Dimension Icon Exp guide prior to training.

Other MMRC Instruments

Researchers who would like to make use any of the Center's instruments not listed above should read the manuals for the instrument listed on the instrument's website and then contact the instrument's GLA for training.

Outside Users

The Center does not perform contract research or analyze samples for a fee. The center does host a limited number of outside users from nonprofit universities. If you are a researcher at a university who would like to make use of an MMRC instrument you will need to contact the director with a short proposal (see below).

Proposal Requirements>

A brief (~2 pages) proposal should include:w If you only expect to analyze a few samples, we urge you to consider finding a collaborator who already is allowed to use the instrument rather then going through the training process yourself. The instrument GLAs can help suggest researchers who may be willing to collaborate with you.

Use by Undergraduates

The Center does not normally allow undergraduates to use MMRC instruments.