Oundle School is one of the few schools in the country to own a scanning electron microscope, thanks to the generous donation of an OO.

The electron microscope is a Topcon SM 200, and unlike the electron microscopes most of the science staff remember from their teaching days, it is easy to operate. All adjustments are made using computer software and it does not take much instruction to become a skilled operator. Many excellent images have been taken which have then been enhanced using Photoshop. The ease with which excellent images have been produced provides evidence for the simplicity of the control system.

To increase the versatility of the instrument we also have an X-ray spectrometer attachment manufactured by Princeton Gamma Technology. This enables us to identify the relative proportions of the various elements that make up a specimen. We use the enhanced qualitative capabilities of the microscope for collaborative projects.