138.049 Electron microscopy
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023W, PR, 4.0h, 5.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 4.0
  • Credits: 5.0
  • Type: PR Project
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to comprehend the materials presented in the lecture and to draw conclusions from them, as well as to actively communicate the contents presented during the lecture.

Subject of course

Principle of transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
Practical work Setup, alignment :
- illuminating system
- objective lens
- lens aberrations Applications
- bright field (MAG, SAMAG)
- dark field
- electron diffraction
- taking images(CCD, plate camera) microanalysis in the TEM
- Energy Loss Spectrometry (EELS)
- Energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDS)
- Image Filter (GIF)
- Scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM)
- Bright Field, Dark Field and High Angle Annular Dark Field (DF, BF, HAADF)

Teaching methods

Interactive Course

ATTENTION: the course is 4h a day in the same room. Consequently, there is an increased infection risk. Therefore FFP2 mask will be obligatory.

Registration only via the group registration form.

Mode of examination

Written and oral

Additional information

Priority is given to those students who need transmission electron microscopy directly for their research and will use it independently.
Unfortunately, there is no guarantee of a placement.
Therefore, if you are interested, please contact one of the lecturers by 26.9. for further planning.

There will be one block for english speaking students.
Planned dates WS 2022/23:

The TEM work will take place in the TEM laboratory in the Freihaus (8th floor, yellow tower).
Duration: usually 09:00 to 13:00

Theory block for all groups
Fri 6.10.2023
Group 1 (English):

Monday   2.Oct.
Tuesday 3.Oct.
Wednesday 4.Oct.
Thursday 5.Oct.
Monday 9.Oct.
Tuesday 10.Oct.
Wednesday 11.Oct.
Monday 16.Oct.



Course dates

Fri10:00 - 13:0006.10.2023Sem.R. DB gelb 03 theory lecture
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities


Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
13.07.2023 00:00 27.09.2023 12:00 27.09.2023 12:00

Registration modalities

Priority is given to those students who need transmission electron microscopy directly for their research and will use it independently.

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee of a place on the practical course.
Please contact one of the lecturers for registration and further planning. 

Group Registration

GroupRegistration FromTo
TEM Pr 104.09.2023 00:0005.10.2023 10:00
TEM Pr 201.09.2023 00:0005.10.2023 10:00
TEM Pr 301.09.2023 00:0005.10.2023 10:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 434 Materials Sciences Not specified
066 460 Physical Energy and Measurement Engineering Not specified
066 461 Technical Physics Not specified
066 461 Technical Physics Mandatory elective
066 490 Technical Chemistry Not specified


Lecture notes for this course are available.

Transmission electron microscopy - Williams, David B. and Carter, C.Barry (recommended) (1996,2009)

Transmission Electron Microscopy: Physics of Image Formation - Reimer, Ludwig und Kohl, Helmut (2008) (recommended)

Physikalische Grundlagen der Elektronenmikroskopie - Alexander, Helmut (1997)
Physical principles of electron microscopy - Egerton, Ray F. (2005)
Einführung in die Elektronenmikroskopie - Heimendahl, Manfred von (1984)
Electron microscopy of materials - Heimendahl, Manfred von (1980)
Electron microscopy of thin crystals - Hirsch, P. B. (1977)
High-resolution electron microscopy - Spence, John C. H. (2008)
Transmission electron microscopy of materials - Thomas, Gareth (1990) Elektronenmikroskopische Untersuchungs- und Präparationsmethoden - Reimer, Ludwig (1984)
Fundamentals of inelastic electron scattering - Schattschneider, Peter (1986)

Accompanying courses

Continuative courses


  • Attendance Required!


if required in English