Actually my learning institute is buying it. I'm just a proxy -- to some extent. My professor has recently asked me to go buy a Electron Microscope for the lab using the campus' budget of $10,000. Any student can use it during the campus' hours. With that said, I have not idea where to start. I learn some brief theoretical information about Scanning Election Microscope and Transmission Electron Microscope, but what is practical in the real world is quite arcane to me. From the very scarce and sparse info online, I found that decapping and reverse engineering would most likely require a SEM. Is that right, and if so, what model? If someone acknowledgeable would point me out to the right model, I would gladly decap in my free time, which in turn would reduce a great amount of money spent on some external lab. I'm still a n00b at things, but with the resource available and some nights at the library, I'm sure I can pull it off.