Sub-Ångstrom Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility
In order to meet the scientific challenges of the future, the EMC has
built a new state-of-the-art laboratory space for advanced electron
microscopy. The new building has been designed to provide next-
generation science with an operating environment that cannot be
attained by renovating existing facilities. The EMC staff learned as
much as possible from similar efforts around the world, including the
SuperSTEM building at Daresbury, the Triebenberg Special Laboratory,
the AML at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the new NIST building, and
various facilities for nanoscience.
The SÅMM facility is similar in design to the AML at Oak Ridge. Four
new instrument rooms have been built on separate, isolated slabs.
Each instrument has its own control room, and the instrument and
control rooms are completely isolated from the building exterior. The
equipment for maintaining the environment is located in a separate,
isolated building to prevent mechanical and acoustical vibrations
from disturbing the instruments. The instrument building is designed
to minimize AC electromagnetic fields, dampen the transmission of
mechanical vibrations, eliminate the injection of acoustical noise,
and minimize air flow at the instruments.
The engineering and architectural team at Argonne National Laboratory
that was responsible for the design and construction effort included:
Joseph Zurad, George Norek, David Sheradon, Jug Uppal, Phil Rash,
Thomas Griggs, Bob Swale, and others.
The U. S. Department of Energy and Argonne National Laboratory jointly funded the SÅMM facility.