FIB - FEI Helios NanoLab 600i dual beam FIB/SEM - Status: Available

  • Current Status: Available
  • Training: View Topics/Sessions
  • Use Rates:
    • External Academic & Government: $100.50/Hour
    • External Affiliated Commercial/Industrial: $193.50/Hour
    • External Commercial/Industrial: $258.00/Hour
    • External International Academic: $134.00/Hour
    • Internal Standard: $67.00/Hour
  • Service: Request Service Quote. The Staff rate is $50/hour (Internal) and $55 /hour (External) in addition to the instrument rate.
  • Building: NRB (0557)
  • Room: Room (8B)
  • In Cleanroom: No
  • Main Contact: Nicholas Rudawski
The FEI Helios NanoLab 600i DualBeam system integrates focused ion and scanning electron beams for FIB and SEM functionality in one instrument.

Instrument Specifications:

  • Elstar SEM column; 0.3 - 30 kV operating voltage with <1 nm resolution
  • Field-free (high-resolution) and immersion (ultrahigh-resolution) SEM modes
  • Schottky field emission gun electron source
  • Sidewinder FIB column with 2 - 30 kV operating voltage; 1 pA - 65 nA beam currents
  • Ga liquid metal ion source
  • Everhart-Thornley and through lens detectors; configurable for SE+BSE or BSE only imaging
  • In-situ Pt deposition GIS
  • Omniprobe AutoProbe 200 in-situ micromanipulator
  • EDAX Octane Elite (70 mm squared active area) SDD energy dispersive spectroscopy system
  • EDAX Velocity CMOS EBSD camera
  • EDAX TEAM EDS and EBSD acquisition and analysis software
  • EDAX OIM 8 texture and crystallographic analysis software
  • Auto Slice and View serial sectioning software

  • YouTube video demonstrating what is covered in basic training of the Helios

    YouTube video tutorial on use of the Helios to prepare lamellas

    Zoom workshop on dual beam FIB/SEM tips, tricks, and other useful info (recorded 11/19/21)


    1. Please create an RSC user account with a PI-approved funding source.

    2. Please complete RSC general safety training.

    3. Please complete the Radiation Safety Short Course AND obtain a dosimeter badge (regardless if you are working with radioactive or non-radioactive materials).

    4. Please complete the FIB Knowledge Training course through eLearning; submit a training request using the "Training" link at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions to be added to the course; you must complete this course regardless of any prior coursework or operational experience related to SEM or FIB you may have.

    Latest Status Log EntryJun 7, 2023 - Resource Status Up - IGP1 and 2 were off this morning. Called TF and spoke with Matt. Restarted microscope server several times and kept trying to turn on IGP1 and 2 in manual mode. The readouts would say "Enabling", so the IGPs would not turn back on. Looked at 1 and 2 power supply in cabinet- lights were not on for HV1 and HV2. Power supply for IGP3 was fine. Unplugged power cord to IGP1 and 2 power supply, waited 10 s, and then plugged back in. Restarted microscope server. Turned IGP2 back on, but IGP1 still wouldn't come up. Opened BPV to let chamber rough pump column. After 30 minutes, turned on IGP1, it stayed on, and pressure kept dropping. Closed BPV and waited for column pressure to reach appropriate level. Turned FEG back on. Got e and i-beam images.
    Training TopicDescriptionRatesApprox Session Length (hrs)
    FEI Helios NanoLab 600 FIB/SEM Base Training - General OperationStandard Rate: $123.00/Complete User TrainingN/A
    FEI Helios NanoLab 600 FIB/SEM Base Training - General Operation w/ Lamella PreparationStandard Rate: $328.00/Complete User TrainingN/A
    FEI Helios NanoLab 600 FIB/SEM Add-On Training - EBSDStandard Rate: $82.00/Complete User TrainingN/A

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