Microscopy Suite Equipment Fees

Fees/rates for use of equipment in the Microscopy Suite determined through analysis by Government Costing, University of Illinois. In effect starting July 1, 2018; subject to change.

Deep UV Raman Confocal Imaging Microscope


This deep UV Raman confocal microscope was designed and made here in 2017. It was built with an Olympus BX51WIF microscope stand and a Princeton Instruments IsoPlane SCT 320 spectrometer. The spectrometer uses a cooled (-75 °C), back-illuminated, UV enhanced, PIXIS CCD Camera. The deep UV excitation source is a 266 nm laser generated with a Spectra-Physics WaveTrain frequency doubler and a 532 nm Excelsior laser. The system achieves high sensitivity, high spatial and spectral resolution and is well suited for deep UV excited Raman or fluorescence spectral imaging microscopy.


For additional information about this piece of equipment, see the Calendars, Contacts, and Fees pages.

Primary Contacts
Secondary Contacts
Equipment Model
Location B606 G
Phone Numbers (217) 333-4387, (217) 265-5071


* The fee for use is added to our purchase cost for the specific precious metal (gold, gold-palladium, or platinum) expended during coating. Gold and gold-palladium are charged at $0.30/nm, and platinum is charged at $0.45/nm. The added fee is easy to determine for the dual-metal evaporator, for which total thicknesses are reported in nm. For the sputter coaters, at 65 mTorr and 40 mA, gold coats at 3 nm/10 seconds, gold-palladium coats at 1 nm/10 seconds, and platinum coats at 1 nm/10 seconds. So a standard 70-second coat of gold will cost an additional (21 x 0.30) $6.30, a 70-second coat of gold-palladium will cost (7 x 0.30) $2.10, and a 70-second coat of platinum will cost (7 x 0.45) $3.15.

**The Xradia NanoCT system requires staff setup of the sample before X-ray collection.

***The actual hourly cost for this instrument is $91.31. The Beckman Institute subsidizes the TEM at a rate of $41.31 per hour for Internal university users. Enterprise Works users are charged the full $91.31 per hour.