General information

Microscopy support labs at MAX IV gather three different machines: a scanning tunneling microscope, an atomic force (scanning) microscope and a scanning electron microscope, as a user support infrastructure that is largely independent of the ring(s) operation. Nevertheless, the machines must be prefenrentially booked and used under proposed and accepted project at beamline(s).

The menu to the left will guide you to the detailed description of the machine(s) and provide with information on how to get access to the particular machine, what are the specifications of the machine, and whether there are specific sample requirements.


The access to the Microscopy labs infrastructure is granted primarily in conjunction with beamtime at MAX IV Laboratory. It is important that the users mention Support Microscopy labs research infrastructure in their DUO beamtime application when submitting the proposals. The next proposal call opens 2023-09-05, will close on 2023-09-26 and covers beamtimes for the period Februari – August 2023 (See:

Most of the beamlines at MAX IV Laboratory are oversubscribed, so proposals should be compelling and carefully written in order to be chosen by the advisory committee. If access to the Microscopy labs infrastructure or equipment is desired, and, in particular, the help of an operator is intended, the users must include a brief description of a planned microscopy experiment. Users are always welcome to send the “microscopy-part” of the proposal to the lab manager if the feedback is desired.

We stick to a standard beamtime allocation at 1.5 GeV ring, where beamtime begins 0900 Wednesday and ends 0900 the following Monday. When writing proposals, request and plan the following 4 hours/shift, 6 shifts/day, 5 days.

As of Spring’23 run the research infrastructure of Microscopy labs at MAX IV is available via self-service booking system. See the guide on how to book the equipment here.

User input

Right now we review the possibility of either expanding the park of the microscopes with a modern, fast atomic force microscope, or upgrading the existing machines with new capabilities, related to the user research at beamlines. Please, feel free to answer this short questionnaire as it will allow us to gauge the user interest to the scanning probe microscopy infrastructure at MAX IV. Thank you very much!

Page manager: Nikolay Vinogradov April 26, 2023