Instrument charge rates (effective September 1, 2010)
Usage time on Imaging Instruments and Sample Preparation Equipment will be rounded up to the nearest 1/2 hour for billing. Minimum charge per use is by default 1/2 hour, but is 1 hour for high-vacuum instruments, as noted below.
Base rates apply to unassisted use by Princeton University undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, research and technical staff, and faculty. If the usage is assisted by a member of the professional IAC staff, or if the user is from outside Princeton, the actual charge rate differs from the base rate, as described under "Rate Factors by User" and "Assistance Surcharges" below.
|Imaging Instrument||Hourly Rate||Minimum Use|
|FEI Strata Focused Ion Beam (FIB)||$55||one hour|
|Philips/FEI CM200 TEM||$50||one hour|
|Bruker D8 XRD||$35||one hour|
|Cameca SX50 Electron Microprobe||$35||one hour|
|Ellipsometer (M-2000)||$35||one hour|
|FEI Quanta ESEM||$35||one hour|
|Horiba Raman||$35||one hour|
|Veeco AFM Dimension Nanoman||$35||one hour|
|Digital Instruments Dimension 3000 AFM||$30||one hour|
|Digital Instruments Multimode AFM||$30||one hour|
|FEI/Philips XL30 FEG SEM||$30||one hour|
|Philips CM100 TEM||$30||one hour|
|Rigaku Miniflex XRD||$30||one hour|
|Zeiss Optical||$15||one hour|
|Sample Prep Equipment||Hourly Rate|
|Ion Beam Sputter Coater||$15|
|Allied Multiprep Polisher||$15|
Rate Factors by User
The factors listed below multiply the base rate, e.g., two hours' use of the XL30 at the base rate is $60.
|User is conducting work for another academic institution, or a U.S. nonprofit organization||2x|
|User is conducting work for a for-profit organization||4x|
Assisted use of Imaging Instrument by a member of the professional IAC staff
This is a rate multiplier as defined under "Rate Factors by User", e.g., two hours' use of the XL30 by a Princeton graduate student (base rate) is $60, but if the student was assisted for these two hours, the charge will be $180 (3x). If only one of the two hours was assisted, the charge will be $30 (unassisted hour) + 3 x $30 (assisted hour) = $120.
|Assisted use of Sample Prep Equipment by a member of the professional IAC staff
This is a straight surcharge to which the user rate factors also apply, e.g., 1 hour of assisted use of the ion beam sputter coater will be billed at $10 (equipment use) + $50 (assistance) = $60 for a Princeton graduate student.
Consumables are charged on a cost-recovery plus handling basis; user rate factors do not apply to consumables charges.
|AFM Tips (si, tapping mode) contact Nan Yao (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Don Schoorman (email@example.com) for information.||$25/each|
|Color prints (Olympus P-400)||$2/each|