The ASTEM Project:
ustrian Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope

The Microscope

The ASTEM is built by FEI Company, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
It is a Titan3 TM 60-300 which consists of the following components:

Scientific and Technical Goals

The ASTEM is the only ultra-high performance in Austria. It provides a common platform for advanced material characterisation and is widely available to the materials and nanoscience community in Austria and Europe.

The microscope allows to address important scientific challenges such as:

To meet these scientific challenges we have defined a number of technical issues:


Silicon-dumbbells in [110] STEM HAADF image

FEI Tecnai F20 without Cs correction

FEI Tecnai F20 without Cs correction

FEI Titan cubed with Cs correction

FEI Titan with Cs correction

Scientific Cooperations

The ASTEM is jointly run by two institutions, the Graz Centre for Electron Microscopy of the Association for the Promotion of Electron Microscopy and Fine Structure Research and the Institute of Electron Microscopy and Nanoanalysis at the Graz TU.

The microscope is also embedded in local activities:

The FELMI-ZFE is a national research and user facility open to universities, research institutions and industry.