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December 11, 2009

UNM Invites Community to Dedication of Focused Ion Beam System

UNM will formally dedicate a new focused ion beam system for nanofabrication and imaging on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 2 p.m. in the basement of Northrop Hall.  NM State Representative Danice Picraux will be the guest of honor.  The community is invited to attend the inauguration of the instrument and to view the other nanofabrication facilities located in the basement of Northrop Hall. 

Picraux helped the university obtain partial funding for the equipment through the New Mexico Legislature as part of a special project request through the Office of the Vice President for Research.
The three co-principal investigators are Adrian Brearley, professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences; Abhaya Datye, Regents’ professor of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, and Zayd Leseman, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering.  They pooled grant money from the National Science Foundation, NASA and the Legislature to purchase the FEI Quanta 3D.

The instrument that UNM has acquired is a dual beam focused ion beam.  It can be used to etch materials with a beam of ions or to study heterogeneous catalysts, quantum dots, lasers, microfluidic devices, heteroepitaxial semiconductors, free-standing thin films, biosensors and interplanetary materials and meteorites.  It will be housed in the Earth and Planetary Sciences building and will be available to UNM students and faculty and to faculty at other New Mexico institutions.  The FIB can be used to demonstrate nanoscale machine, with real time imaging and will be used for K-12 student outreach programs.

The collaborators can answer questions about the FIB system and can be reached at, or


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