Monday, July 9, 2018

Instrument Logs

Fees are assessed for instrument use to recover operating expenses. These fees are calculated using paper logs with blue covers at every instrument not the web schedule used to reserve instrument time.

Because users tend to reserve more time than they actually use and log, users will be assessed the larger of the logged and scheduled time.

As of 1 July 2018, users must have a valid purchase order number before using any CMMP facilities. This is a requirement of the FSU Controller. External users are an exception as they will be invoiced directly.

The CMMP instrument logs are audited by FSU administration and must be filled out properly.

The DATE is the date the instrument was used. NAME is the user name, and PI is the name of the principal investigator who will be billed. The person listed under NAME must be authorized to use the instrument according to the CMMP Authorization Form on file.

PO # is a valid FSU purchase order number. This is a ten digit number, not the combination of Dept ID, Fund, Project, and chart fields that define a specific FSU funding source.

PO LINE #: In setting up the purchase order, several "lines" can be defined within the same PO to designate specific services. What number one puts here depends upon how their purchase order was set up.

Some logs may have instrument specific fields. As this is the scanning electron microscope log, there are check boxes for whether the EDS, EBSD, and CL detectors were used.

TIME IN and TIME OUT is the time on and off the instrument.

TOTAL TIME is the total instrument time rounded to the nearest quarter of an hour. When calculating fees, all the times in TOTAL TIME will be added and rounded up to the nearest hour.

The example shows some common mistakes.
  • The entry on 7/9 has Dept ID, Fund and Project numbers under PO #. It also doesn't have a TIME OUT and TOTAL TIME. In the absence of a TOTAL TIME the time usage will be estimated by the lab manager.
  • The entry on 7/10 shows that a user has used the instrument without a PO #. This is not allowed by the FSU Controller.
  • The entry on 7/11 shows the TOTAL TIME as 5:20. This should be rounded to the nearest quarter hour to 5:15.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Instrument Scheduling

Analytic and fabrication tools are scheduled using an online calendar. Once users have been trained they are given a login and password that allows them to reserve instrumentation time and to work independently of lab management staff. With door key codes and keys, users can work off hours according to their own schedules. The online schedule is for time reservation only and not billing.

The link to the schedule is here.

Some etiquette regarding the on-line calendar:
  1. Please do not book time using another user's account.
  2. If you are not going to use the time, please delete your booking as soon as possible.
  3. If you are going to come in earlier or later, or plan on using less time, please edit your booking to reflect that as soon as possible. A few hours can be very valuable to some people with certain applications.
  4. When scheduling entire days of instrument, please limit your booking to three consecutive days. If on the third consecutive day the next day is open, you can book it-- and so on one day at a time.
  5. Please do not book entire days of XRD, AFM, XPS or SEM time unless you really intend on using the instrument outside of the 9AM-5PM work day.  A few hours in the AM or PM can be very valuable to some people with certain applications.
  6. Don't book time on instruments that you are not trained to use. Having time reserved doesn't guarantee training-- that must be arranged separately.
And the final most controversial rules:
  • You have a one hour grace period.  If you are not on site within one hour of your scheduled instrument time-- another user is welcome to consider you a "no show" and take your time.  If you are running late, please see Rule 3 above: modify your booking to reflect that.
  • For instruments that are commonly booked as entire days-- the MPMS SQUID and the PPMS-- the "day" begins at 10 AM.  
If you need a schedule login and password, or if you are having any problems logging in, contact Eric Lochner.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Instrument Training & Instructional Use of CMMP Facilities

The CMMP facilities are instructional research labs. Training is available for all CMMP research capital. Hands-on use is not only encouraged but required as the laboratory management is not sufficiently staffed to be a full service analytical lab. FSU students and staff including undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, visiting students, visiting scientists, post-doctoral scientists and research staff are eligible for training. This includes researchers at NHMFL, HPMI, ASC, FAMU-FSU COE and FAMU. This courtesy is extended to scientific collaborators, students involved in summer programs, and regular external users.

Training is available according to need. Please contact Eric Lochner to be placed in the training queue. We generally offer training in groups, and so a training will be scheduled when there is enough interest to put together a training cohort. In exceptional cases, and only by permission, expert users may be allowed to training users in their group.

As instrument time is paid for through a purchase order, users are required to get a valid PO number before receiving training. Users are expected to understand the theoretical basis of the instruments and techniques they will be using, as well as any relevant safety and hazard information. In some cases this may involve specific training through the FSU Environmental Health and Safety Office.

Faculty are encouraged to integrate the CMMP facilities into their undergraduate and graduate curricula. This may involve tours, demonstrations, or special projects as part of a DIS or other individualized research. Please contact Eric Lochner to make arrangements. This courtesy is also extended to special summer programs and local high schools.
It is suggested that prospective users don't receive training until they have samples in hand and have actual research needs.  This will eliminate the need for training and and retraining.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

User Fees

Users must have a valid purchase order (PO number) before using CMMP instrumentation or having measurements performed for them. The exception are outside users who will be invoiced directly. User fees are assess for the analytic instrumentation only to recoup operating expenses. Each instrument has a physical log where users must enter their time and PO number. At time time of billing the logged time will be rounded up to the nearest billable unit. Users failing to properly log their time will have their usage estimated by the lab manager at the time of billing.

For internal users (local FSU research community) the rates are:
  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM): $25/hour
  • Atomic force microscopy (AFM): $20/hour
  • X-ray diffraction: $5/hour
  • SQUID magnetometry: $75/day
  • PPMS magneto-transport: $75/day
  • X-ray photoelectro spectroscopy (XPS): $30/hour
  • Vibrating sample magnetometer: $10/hour
  • Profilometry: $5/hour
  • Ellipsometry: $5/hour
For external users (outside the local FSU research community) the rates are:
  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM): $75/hour
  • Atomic force microscopy (AFM): $60/hour
  • X-ray diffraction: $25/hour
  • SQUID magnetometry: $375/day
  • PPMS magneto-transport: $375/day
  • X-ray photoelectro spectroscopy (XPS): $150/hour
  • Vibrating sample magnetometer: $50/hour
  • Profilometry: $25/hour
  • Ellipsometry: $25/hour
Please contact Eric Lochner for fabrication tool fees.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Acknowledgement Policy

Users of the CMMP facilities are requested to recognize the Florida State University Department of Physics Condensed Matter and Material Physics (CMMP) user facility in publications using this lab as a resource.  While journal article co-authorship is not required to use the CMMP facilities, please consider offering co-authorship to CMMP staff contributing beyond the scope of routine instrument training and consultation.

Sunday, July 1, 2018


The Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (CMMP) facilities are a user research facility in the Department of Physics at The Florida State University (FSU).  These research assets include analytic instrumentation, materials deposition and nano-fabrication tools allowing for a wide range of opportunities in materials synthesis and characterization. These tools are available on a fee basis, and are available for direct hand's on use for undergraduate students, graduate students, post doctoral researchers and faculty in the local research community. Training and consultation is available upon request, and many instruments can be configured for novel applications, so please inquire regarding any research needs.

Bulk Analytical Tools
Imaging Tools
Surface Characterization Tools 
Materials Deposition
  • Evaporation
  • Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE)
  • Sputtering 
  • UHV sputtering.
  • Dip-pen Nano-lithography (DPN)
  • Photolithography
  • e-beam Lithography (EBL)
  • Wet Etching
  • Reactive Ion Etching (RIE)
  • Ion Milling
  • Plasma Etching
  • Wire Bonder
  • Class 1000 Cleanroom

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CMMP Service Queue

Because of staffing limitations at the CMMP facility, services requiring CMMP staff may involve delays as instrument and staff time both become available.

In general services are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. This rule is subject to the discretion of the CMMP facility manager.

The entries in italics are set as high priority, and the projects in red are either currently underway or scheduled.

Training Queue


Direct Service Queue