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At CINT we are continuously improving our specialized capabilities in Synthesis and Fabrication, Characterization, and Theory and Simulation.

New Capabilities

Updated May 2018
In-Situ Ion Irradiation Scanning Electron Microscope (I3SEM): The I3SEM facility combines a 30 kV JEOL IT300HRLV SEM (1.5 nm spot resolution) with a 6 MV Tandem accelerator. The I3SEM facility can permit a wide breadth of combined experiments in high temperature, gas exposure, mechanical loading, displacement damage, gas implantation, and numerous sequential or simultaneous combinations thereof to evaluate the structural evolution that occurs during ion beam modification or overlapping combinations of extreme environments. Specific capabilities of the I3SEM include:

  • Three in-situ SEM mechanical loading frames: Hysitron PI-85 nanoidenter, MTI/Fulham heat straining stage, custom-built fatigue stages.
  • Large variety of ion species in the range between protons and gold.
  • Ion beam currents from single ion strikes up to 100 nA (Tandem).
  • Electron beam or ion beam induced current measurement (EBIC or IBIC).

Dr. Khalid Hattar
Dr. Brad Boyce

Capabilities Overview

Pulsed Laser Deposition

Through a combination of research expertise, specialized capabilities, and essential foundational techniques, CINT enables our users to perform multidisciplinary research that would otherwise not be possible. To address the research challenges of the future, CINT is continuously improving its current capabilities, exploring concepts that can lead to new experimental, theoretical, and computational methods, and selectively disinvesting in capabilities that are no longer state-of-the-art.

CINT offers capabilities in Synthesis and Fabrication, Characterization, and Theory and Simulation. As you explore the capabilities, you'll see a contact listed under the description of each capabilitiy. We strongly encourage prospective users to contact the person(s) associated with a capability of interest in order ensure that the capability will meet the needs of the user. We welcome user proposals that involve multiple capabilities.

CINT has made arrangements for users to access the other national user facilities at Los Alamos National Laboratory: LANSCE and NHMFL. Prospective users whose research would require capabilities at CINT as well as these other user facilities can submit a joint user proposal.