Use of MMRC Instruments by Caltech Graduate Students, Postdocs and Visitors
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
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.
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).
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.
- The experiment you want to perform, including the specific instruments and experimental techniques you will use.
- A description of your sample, preparation and chemical and physical properties.
- The data you hope to obtain, and a justification of how these data will aid your understanding of your project.
- Literature references to similar studies that have been performed.
- Projected number of samples and frequency of use of the instrument.
- Proposals should be sent to the GLA for the instrument and to the MMRC Director.
Use by Undergraduates
The Center does not normally allow undergraduates to use MMRC instruments.