The World’s Smallest Scanning Electron Microscope

I got a chance to try out the world’s smallest scanning electron microscope. But, not everything went according to plan. In theory, this machine is pretty awesome – it’s portable and small enough to fit in the overhead compartment. It uses an iPad as the user interface, which is pretty intuitive. But it’s just never worked well for me, because I’m at a higher altitude than the manufacturer has ever tested it, which has caused all sorts of problems with high voltage arcing.

A huge thank you to everyone that helped with the video. The manufacturer, the experts that advised me, and everyone that sent in things to look at. We all worked incredibly hard to make this a success, and I’m really sad we couldn’t get the machine to behave.

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