Cryo-Focused Ion Beam (FIB) micromachinery

Cryo-FIB micromachinery

Starting at 2018, NeCEN will produced thin sections of cryo-preserved material, i.e. whole vitrified cells, using a dual-beam SEM microscope. The removal of some sections of the sample by ablation thought the impact of heavy ions produces "windows" inside the cell. The material left, in the shape of wedges or lamellas, can be further explored by cryo-CET.