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.

Upright Multiphoton Confocal Microscope


The Bruker Ultima upright multiphoton microscope is capable of simultaneous or sequential imaging, electrophysiology and uncaging/photostimulation on in vivo and in vitro specimens. The microscope is equipped with a Spectra Physics Insight laser X3 laser for multiphoton excitation. The laser has two outputs - one is a tunable from 690 nm -1300 nm and the other output is a fixed 1040 nm. Two visible lasers 473 nm and 561 nm are available for photoactivation.  


  •      Olympus PLN10X; Plan Achromat 10x/0.25, WD 10.5 mm
  •      Olympus XLUMPLFLN 20XW; 20x/1.0 objective, WD 2.0 mm
  •      Olympus LUMPLFL40XW/IR-2; M Plan Fluorite 40x/0.8, WD 3.3 mm
  •      Olympus LUMPLFL60XW/IR-2; M Plan Fluorite 60X/1.0, WD 2 mm


  1. Resonant Scanner for high speed imaging.
  2. Full field photoactivation with 470 nm LED.
  3. Bruker substage detectors.
  4. Bruker Prairie View imaging software.


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

Primary Contacts
Secondary Contacts
Manufacturer Bruker
Equipment Model Ultima
Location B500E
Phone Numbers


* 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.