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Equipment and Facilities

CAMI has a diversity of computer and digital imaging/analysis capabilities. The facility is hard-wired with category 6 ethernet which provides for its own local area gigabit network as well as providing access throughout the Miami University network and the Internet.

Digital images can be captured from a diversity of input sources including direct digitizing from:

  • microscopes
  • video cameras
  • copystand dSLR cameras
  • high-resolution film and flatbed scanners (prints and negatives)

Image manipulation/analysis software includes:

  • Image Pro Plus
  • Global Lab Imaging
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Corel Presentations
  • Corel Photopaint
  • and others

Images can be output via high-resolution and wide-format printers:

  • Epson SureColor P9000
  • Epson stylus photo inkjet printers

Data storage is handled via 9 TB of on-line storage, DVD, or CD-ROM recording.

In addition to being fully equipped for conventional specimen preparations, CAMI is specialized for cryo-preservation techniques. CAMI houses one of the few high-pressure freezing units in North America (Balzers HFP 010), a propane jet freezing unit (RMC MF7200), a slam freezer (Pelco "Gentleman Jim"), and an automated freeze-substitution system (Reichert CSAuto).

In addition, the facility has 26+ pieces of specimen preparation equipment.

A small library of journals and books is also available.

Our Microscopes

Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEM)


Electron Sources: Tungsten Hairpin
Imaging Modes: Secondary Electron, Backscattered Electron Accelerating
Voltages: 1.0-30 kV, 100ev Steps
Working Distances: 8mm, 20mm, and 45mm
Magnifications: 15x - 50,000x
Image Recording:

Orion Digital Capture Interface: Fast and Slow Scan
Polaroid 4" x 5" sheet camera
NTSC Composite video output

EDAX Genesis 2000 Energy Dispersive x-ray microanalysis system

Zeiss Supra 35 VP FEG SEM

Electron Sources: Schottky Field Emission
Imaging Modes: Secondary Electron (SE), Backscattered Electron (QBSD), VPSE, In-lens SE
Accelerating Voltages: 0.1 - 30 kV by 0.01 kV steps
Probe Current: 4 pA to 20nA
Working Distances: 0.1 - 50mm
Magnifications: 12x - 900,000x
Stage: X=125mm, Y=100mm, Z=35mm, T=0 to 90
Image Recording: 512 x 384 to 3072 x 2304 pixels at 16-bit
Bruker Quantax 100 Energy Dispersive x-ray microanalysis system
HKL Channel 5 Electron Backscattered Diffraction System (EBSD)

Transmission Electron Microscopes (TEM)

JEOL JEM-2100 Analytical TEM/STEM

Electron Sources: Lab6
Accelerating Voltages: 70 to 200 kV
Imaging Modes: Brightfield, Darkfield, SAD, STEM, EFTEM
Specimen Stage: Motorized, SEG with ± 75º tilt
Single & Double tilt holders
Magnifications: 500x - 1,500,000X, GIF mag 16X

Gatan Orius SC200D Camera(2K x 2K)
Gatan HAADF STEM Detector
Gatan GIF Tridiem 863 Post-Column Energy Filter EELS/EFTEM with 2Kx2K UltraScan 1000 FT camera
Bruker Quantax 200 STEM XEDS System


Electron Sources: Tungsten Hairpin & LaB6
Accelerating Voltages: 40 to 120 kV
Imaging Modes: Brightfield, Darkfield, SAD
Specimen Stage: SEG with ± 60º tilt
Magnifications: 50x - 400,000X
Bottom mounted SIA-L9C digital camera (11 megapixels), with MaxIm DL 5 software
Image Recording: 3.25" x 4" sheet film

Light Microscopes

Zeiss LSM 710 Laser Scanning Confocal System

34-Channel spectral fluorescence and one transmitted
Laser Illumination

405nm Laser Diode
Argon Ion: 457nm, 488nm, 514nm
543nm Laser Diode
633nm Laser Diode

Optical Platform: AxioObserver Z1


10x/0.30 NA WD=5.20
20x/0.80 NA WD=0.55
40x/0.75 NA WD=0.71
40x/1.30 NA WD=0.21
60x/1.40 NA WD=0.19
40x/1.1 Water Corrected WD=0.62

DIC on all objectives
X-Cite 120 PC Epi-Fluorescence Illumination
100 W Halogen Illuminator

Olympus FV500 Laser Scanning Confocal System

Four channel fluorescence and one transmitted
Laser Illumination

405nm Laser Diode
Argon Ion: 457nm, 488nm, 514nm
Green He/Ne: 543.5nm
Red He/Ne: 633nm

Optical Platform: Olympus IX-81


10x /0.2 NA
20x /0.70NA
40x /0.75NA
40x /1.30NA
60x / 1.40NA
100x / 1.40NA

X-Cite 100 Epi-Fluorescence Illumination
100 W Halogen Illuminator

Olympus IX-81 Deconvolution


10x /0.2 NA
20x /0.70 NA
40x /1.30 NA
60x /1.40 NA
100x /1.40 NA

Epi-Fluorescence Illumination
Photometric HQ cooled CCD camera
SlideBook Deconvolution software
Dual AMD2400 PC with 4GB RAM

Arcturus XT-TI LCM Laser Capture Microdissection System

IR capture Laser (810nm)
UV cutting Laser (355nm)
Nikon Eclipse-Ti-E Microscope Base:

Objectives: 2X, 4X, 10X, 20x, 40X, 60X, 100x objectives
Bright-field, Phase contrast, DIC
Epi-Fluoresence: UV, Blue, Green, and Red

2560 x 1920; 5 MP, progressive scan interline color CCD

Olympus AX-70 Wide-field Multi-mode Microscope

Imaging Modes for both transmitted and reflected light: Brightfield, Darkfield, Phase Contrast, DIC, Polarized light, and epi-fluorescence
Lenses: 2x /0.1NA, 4x /-, 10x /0.2NA, 20x /0.70NA, 40x /0.85NA, 60x /1.4NA, 100x /1.35NA (Iris)
Illumination: 100 w Halogen, X-cite 120 LED lamp
Image Recording:

Roper 4k cooled CCD(2048 x 2048 x 12-bit)
Nikon D300 dSLR 12 MP RGB
Nikon D50 sSLR 6 MP RGB
35mm film camera
Javelin CCD video camera
Digital Capture Interface

Olympus BX-61 Wide-field Materials Light Microscope

Imaging Modes for both transmitted and reflected light: Brightfield, Darkfield, DIC, Polarized light, and epi-fluorescence
Lenses: 2x /0.1NA, 4x /-, 10x /0.25NA, 20x /0.40NA, 50x /0.75NA, 100x /0.9NA
Illumination: 100 w Halogen, 105 w Hg lamp
Image Recording:

Nikon D300 dSLR 12 MegaPixel RGB

Olympus SZX-12 Stereoscope System

Imaging Modes: Brightfield, Darkfield, Epi-Fluorescent, Oblique Illumination
Lenses: 0.5x and 1.4x
Magnification Range:
Illumination: Trans-illumination, fiberoptic epi-illumination, Oblique illumination, Polarized illumination
Image Recording:

Nikon D300 dSLR 12 MP RGB
SONY CCD camera
Digital Capture Interface

CAMI Equipment Reservation Scheduler

Contact Us

Zach Oestreicher
9C Upham Hall