ISI Super IIIA
The third Super-Mini-SEM, ISI marketing shortened it to simply Super IIIA. However, the schematics still refer to it as the SMS-IIIA.
See SMS family page for schematics
JM has one
Good overview of SEM filament types: Short Course.pdf http://www.reu.pdx.edu/SEM Short Course.pdf
Trying to find replacement filaments. Takes the ISI three prong type
Prices as of 04/21/2014
|Ted Pella||1426||ISI / ABT / Topcon 3-pin||425.00||10||42.50|
|Electron Microscopy Sciences||81038||
STANDARD LOOP FILAMENTS for: ISI Instruments, ABT, Topcon
New Filament, 3-prong
|Electron Microscopy Sciences||81038-R||
STANDARD LOOP FILAMENTS for: ISI Instruments, ABT, Topcon
Rebuilt Filament, 3-prong
|SPI Supplies||5232N-BA||Topcon/ISI 3-pin||525.49||10||52.55|
|SPI Supplies||5232RB-AB||Topcon/ISI 3-pin (rebuilt)||1||41.57|
|EB Sciences||ISIE||Standard loop, 3 Prong||405.00||10||40.50|
|EB Sciences||ISIE||AR loop, 3 Prong||455.00||10||45.50|
|Fisher Scientific||[&xrefPartType=From&savings=0.0&xrefEvent=1398144201666_2&searchType=PROD&hasPromo=0 50-290-87]||NEW FILAMENT 3-PRONG||509.60||10||50.96|
|Soquelec||A20135||ISI (2-prong, new)||1||68.10||NOTE: 2 prong for comparison|
|Soquelec||A20140||ISI (2-prong, rebuilt)||1||39.00||NOTE: 2 prong for comparison|
|ME Taylor||F-3||Topcon/ISI 3-pin style Filaments - Package of 10||275.00||10||27.50|
Has several filament types
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JM electron gun
Original unit that SEM came with.
XXX: supposedly this SEM takes a "three prong filament" and in fact has a three contact base. What is difference between the two types?
Base it plugs into:
Taking off top retainer:
Removing the Wehnelt:
Note that the filament is slightly twisted to form the tip. Also, its burned out
Side of the filament assembly
Great resource on this model. Unfortunately, links to pages are hidden throughout the text so I've tried to index it a bit better. I also have mirrored the site in case it disappears:
These are less about the SEM and more about his particular logistics:
Wenol metal polish recommended for cleaning. MSDS lists
- Ammonia Solution 25%: 1-5%
- Kerosene 200-230: 10-20%
- White Spirit 150/200N: 10-20%
- Aluminum oxide (pigments): 25-35%
- Coco fatty acid diethanolamide: 5-15%
- Water: 35%
- "Wenol® is widely used as cleaner and polish for electron microscope applications, ion beam systems, vacuum coating systems and general lab applications. Wenol® has been originally formulated for use on hard metal surfaces such as stainless steel. It can be used to clean and polish hard metal parts for vacuum systems. The carrier fluid dissolves in most hydrocarbons and is easily removed. Wenol® is petroleum based and does not contain silicones. It is not recommended for use on soft metal such as aluminum."
Ted Pella also has Unipol…not sure when to use one vs the other. Generic Wenol?
- Aluminium oxide: 20-40
- Ammonia solution: 0.1-5
- Destillates (petroleum), hydrotreated light: 20-40
- Naphtha (petroleum), hydrotreated light: 2.5-10
read somewhere 100ml ~= 3.4oz Wenol
Drawings in this section are from Lapointe's website
may consider replacing o-rings as the vacuum is sub-par. By the time I disassemble everything might as well replace them
"o-rings are labeled with their aerospace standard AS568A size"
High vacuum assembly
- ID: inner diameter
- OD: outer diameter
- CS: cross section
What is difference between nominal and actual size?
Relieves chamber to atmosphere for exchange while still allowing DP to keep hot
"I will not buy this air valve, it is scratched"
needs to be turned down on lathe or replaced
TYPE PT 1/8
CHUKYO ELECTRIC CO. LTD Nagoya Japan
has air filter on it
has hose connector instead of air filter but otherwise same unit
The extra vacuum ports are likely intended for EDAX and in fact I did find one such unit.
All images in this section are from GovDeals
"You will be bidding on a International Scientific Instruments Model Super III A Scanning Electron Microscope. The unit was purchased in 1979 and converted to digital and updated in 1999. This unit comes with a Robinson Backscatter detector, Gresham Titan X-ray pulse-processor, 4PI digital imaging attachment, control computer and software. The agency is reporting the unit is operational except for the X-ray detector analyzer and the software is up to date (uses Macintosh OS9). There are miscellaneous spare parts, filament assemblies, a manual, schematics and a TMC anti-vibration platform is included…located on the Winthrop University Campus in Rock Hill, South Carolina."
This is by far the most pimped out unit I've found so far:
- Computer image capture
- Maybe computer control?
- Robinson Backscatter detector (is that the special PMT assembly?)
- Gresham Titan X-ray pulse-processor (for the EDS?)
How many L/min recommended?
uccs.edu PES415 has a sort of instruction manual: 
- JM blog posts
- Units for sale with pictures