Captured first images on the scanning electron microscope:
Today in microscopy lab, we broke out the Sputter Coater and covered our SEM samples in a thin layer of a gold/palladium alloy. Watching the purple plasma rain down on our stubs was strangely satisfying. The only thing that would've made it better was if it was done to a background track of Purple Rain, but beggars can't be choosers.
After the coater finished its cycle, my fly wings were ready to be loaded into the SEM. At first, Dr. Lackey was there to show us the ropes, teaching us how to find our specimen, focus our image, and exchange samples, but she quickly passed the reins over to us. I can safely say when it was my turn to drive, I was simply winging it (pun 100% intended). However, I think I speak for the whole class when I say that operating the SEM is magnitudes (pun not intended) easier than the TEM. It was great fun getting to see such small things in vivid detail. I certainly got carried away when it came to browsing through her "stubs on tap" to explore the world at large. What a great start to March!