For academic users there is a maximum fee per PI of $3000 / year (any number of group members). This cap is aimed at keeping user fees as low as feasible to encourage maximum usage of the instruments. Electron field emission guns (SEM/FIB and Tecnai) are left on continuously so they simply are wasted when nobody is using them. Their lifetimes are reduced with frequent on - off cycles.
|Instrument||University Users||Company Users|
|Hitachi 8100 STEM||$10/hour
|Tecnai G2 STEM||$15/hour||$100/hour|
|Strata DB235 SEM/FIB