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ASU's Hitachi S-3000N scanning electron microscope is housed in the research wing of the Vincent ...ASU’s Hitachi S-3000N scanning electron microscope is housed in the research wing of the Vincent Building.The College of Science and Engineering has added ASU’s first scanning electron microscope (SEM), which was donated by the Hitachi Ltd. worldwide technology company and installed in the Vincent Building. The Hitachi S-3000N can magnify objects up to 200,000 times the size of the object being studied. In contrast, standard optical microscopes tend to have a magnification power of only a few hundred times. The generous gift saved ASU the $160,000 cost of a comparable new SEM.