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Welcome to The J. Mike Walker '66 Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University!
Learn more about the imaging equipment available in the J. Mike Walker '66 Department of Mechanical Engineering. Equipment manuals are available upon request.

Equipment Details

KLA-Tencor P-6 Stylus Profiler

KLA-Tencor P-6 Stylus Profilometer (JCAIN 308)

The P-6 Stylus Profiler offers advanced surface measurement such as step height, surface roughness, and waviness of samples up to 150 mm. The standard 2 µm radius diamond-tipped stylus is installed in the system. The stylus profiler software (Apex®) provides various data analysis features, report generation, and post-measurement analysis including 3D imaging.


  • Maximum scan length: 150 mm
  • Lateral resolution1: X = 0.2 µm, Y = 1 µm
  • Vertical range: 327 µm
  • Stylus force: 0.3–50 mg
  • Vertical resolution: < 0.01 Å @ 13 µm range
  • < 0.04 Å @ 64 µm range 
  • < 0.20 Å @ 327 µm range
  • Repeatability: 6.0 Å or 0.1% (1s)
  • Stylus: 2.0 µm, 60 degree radius
  • Top view optics: 2000 x 1500 µm field of view, USB digital B/W camera
  • 2D stress software
Example of a profile measurement acquired by the P-6 Stylus Profiler


Vega II LSU Scanning Electronic Microscope (JCAIN 308)

The TESCON VEGA II LSU SEM is designed to provide easy and fast image acquisition. The SEM is based on thermionic emission from heated tungsten cathode.


  • Resolution: 3.0 nm at 30 kV in high vacuum mode
  • Magnification: continuous from 13x to 1,000,000x
  • Accelerating voltage: 200 V to 30 kV
  • Electron gun: tungsten heated cathode
  • Probe current: 1 pA to 2 µA
  • Scanning speed: from 160 ns to 10 ms per pixel adjustable in steps or continuously
  • Focus window: shape, size and position continuously adjustable
  • Scanning features: dynamic focus, point & line scan, tilt correction, 3D beam
  • Image size: up to 8,192 x 8,192 pixels in 16-bit quality, size is adjustable separately for live images (in 3 steps) and for saved images (in 10 steps), for square and rectangular 4:3 or 2:1 image shapes
  • Microscope control: all microscope functions are PC controlled by means of the trackball, the mouse and the keyboard via the VegaTC program using Windows TM platforms
  • Automatic procedures: vacuum control, filament heating, gun alignment, centering of scanning modes, compensation for kV, probe current optimized for spot size, spot size optimized for magnification, scanning speed, contrast & brightness, focus, stigmator, look up table.

Data samples from the VEGA II LSU Scanning Electron Microscope.
The image of gold particles was taken from the TESCON VEGA II LSU SEM.

VHX-600 Digital Microscope

VHX-600 Digital Microscope (JCAIN 308)

The Keyence VHX-600K Digital Microscope is a high resolution (54 mega-pixel) 3CCD camera-based system, providing 20 times the depth-of-field of a conventional microscope. The VHX-600 provides real-time measurements of distance, angle, and area determination. Furthermore, it can create a 3D image from the automatically captured images with high magnification up to 5000x. Other features of the VHX-600K include digital focusing function, digital zoom, various image correction functions and video recording function.


  • Image capture device: 1/1.8 Type 211 million pixels CCD image sensor
  • Total pixels: 1688 H x 1248 V
  • Effective pixels: 1628 H x 1236 V
  • Executable pixels: 1600 H x 1200 V
  • Frame rate: 15 F/S 28 F/S selectable
  • Resolution: 54 million pixels, 4800 H X 3600 V, approximately 2,000 TV lines

Example of data samples from the VHX-600K Digital Microscope.
Data sample from the VHX-600K Digital Microscope.

Photron FASTCAM SA5 High Speed Camera

Photron FASTCAM SA5 High-Speed Camera (Rental)

Photron FASTCAM SA5 high-speed camera offers 7,500 fps at greater than megapixel resolution and up to one million frames per second at reduced resolution. Fastcam SA5 delivers unsurpassed light sensitivity (ISO/ASA 6400 - test compliant with ISO 12232) and dynamic range through its 12-bit monochrome (36-bit RGB color) sensor with twenty-micron square pixels.


  • 7500 fps at a full resolution of 1k x 1k
  • Up to 1.000.000fps at reduced resolution
  • Superior image quality and color fidelity
  • Proprietary 12 bit CMOS sensor with very high light sensitivity
  • PAL, NTSC or SDI video output
  • Programmable synchronization inputs and outputs
  • Optional LCD keypad controller with integrated viewfinder

Data samples from the Photron Fastcam SA5.
Data sample from the Photron FASTCAM SA5 tracking fast moving water droplets in a non-immiscible liquid.

Olympus BX 61/Visitech QLC-100 Confocal Microscopy

Olympus BX 61/Visitech QLC-100 Confocal Microscopy (JCAIN 308)

Olympus BX 61 is attached to a Visitech QLC-100 Spinning Disc Confocal Scanners, offering bright field, dark field, polarization, fluorescence contrast and motorized vertical translation stage.

Vicon Motion System (JCAIN 303)

Vicon motion capture system enables to capture the movement of objects or people.


  • 12x Camera
  • New Vicon Vantage V16 2x Camera
  • Video Bonita 720C 2x AMTI OR6-6-2000 System
  • EMG System
  • Mylon 320:16 Channel