Summer School 2012

SuperSTEM invites you to the

5th Summer School on Aberration Corrected STEM

Registration is now closed!

It builds on the established summer schools held at SuperSTEM every two years. This year the summer school will be run as a pre-conference satellite event to emc2012 at the Materials Science Centre in Manchester and is run in association with the Royal Microscopical Society (RMS).

This is an exciting time of development on several fronts in the science, technology and application of electron microscopy. Aberration-correction is one of the most significant of recent advances. Image correctors have enhanced TEM considerably providing more readily interpretable images and greater precision in atom location, particularly in association with exit-wave reconstruction. But the enhancement to imaging and to analysis at the single atomic column or even single atom level resulting from the smaller brighter electron probes provided by aberration-correction has perhaps given STEM the greater impact.

The talks and practicals of this school will cover the topics of aberration-correction optics, STEM imaging modes, analysis, simulation of images EELS spectra and advanced applications of AC-STEM and is presented by experts in the field. It is intended for all PhD students, post-docs, academic and technical staff who use aberration-corrected STEM as a significant part of their research. The first day covers the fundamentals with more advanced lectures and practical sessions on the following day and a half. Delegates will receive comprehensive notes and a copy of the recently published handbook “Aberration-Corrected Analytical Transmission Electron Microscopy” (Wiley 2011) written by members of the SuperSTEM team.

The School is part funded by EPSRC through the EPSRC National Facility for Aberration Corrected STEM.


University of Manchester Materials Science Centre

Room D14, Building 25 on map


Friday, 14/09/2012

08:45 Registration

09:30 Introductory lecture

Quentin Ramasse

10:30 Coffee

11:00 Principles of STEM

Alan Craven

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Aberrations and their correction

Andrew Bleloch

15:00 Tea

15:30 Spectroscopy (EELS and EDX) in the AC-STEM era

Rik Brydson

17:00 Finish

19:00 Canal trip with dinner

The Meeting point for the boat trip is next to the Mark Addy Pub (about 1 mile from the venue)

Saturday, 15/09/2012

08:30 Atomic-resolution STEM Imaging: theory and simulation

Peter Nellist

09:30 Modelling EELS and EDX mapping at atomic resolution

Les Allen

10:30 Coffee


Masahi Watanabe

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Transfer to SuperSTEM

13:30 Practicals in groups:

  1. Operation of SSTEM instruments SuperSTEM team
  2. DigitalMicrograph, Scripting and Data Analysis Bernhard Schaffer
  3. FIB sample preparation for TEM/STEM at low kV Mirka Schaffer

17:00 SuperSTEM application presentations

SuperSTEM team

18:00 BBQ at SuperSTEM

20:30 Return to Manchester

Sunday, 16/09/2012

08:30 Low loss/valence EELS with high energy and spatial resolution.

Ray Egerton

09:30 Aberration-corrected imaging at low primary energies

Ute Kaiser

10:30 Coffee

11:00 Monochromator Design and Applications

Ondrej Krivanek

12:00 Lunch and Finish

13:00 End of Summer School


Registration is now closed as the maximum number of registrants has been reached.

The registration fee for the 5th Summer School is €402 for registration before 16th June and €432 thereafter and covers:

  • Participation in all lectures and practical sessions
  • Transport to/from Materials Science Centre to SuperSTEM facility for practicals
  • Lunches
  • Dinner and BBQ
  • Handouts

Registration is through the RMS emc2012 registration facility, even if you don't attend emc2012 itself (you can select only the summer school during the registration process) using the following links:

Fill out your details and add the summer school (Satellite Meeting 1) to your chosen list of events towards the end of the registration process.

There is a limited number of preferential rate accommodation (£67 for single or £69.50 for double occupancy) at the IBIS hotel at Charles St in Manchester (5 min from the School venue). A special booking code will be given out to the registrants at a first come first serve basis.

For enquiries regarding the content of the programme please contact Prof Mervyn Shannon.

We are looking forward to seeing you!