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Microcalorimeter EDS: Benefits and Drawbacks



David A. Wollman, Dale Newbury, Sae Woo Nam, Gene C. Hilton, Kent D. Irwin, David A. Rudman, Steven Deiker, Norman F. Bergren, John M. Martinis


The commercial introduction of high-count-rate, near-room-temperature silicon drift detectors (presently available) and high-energy-resolution cryogenic microcalorimeters (forthcoming) is an exciting development in x-ray microanalysis, in which detector choices and capabilities have been essentially stable for many years. Both of these new energy-dispersive detectors promise improved capabilities for specific applications, e.g., faster EDS mapping (silicon drift detectors) and particle analysis (microcalorimeters). As practical experience is obtained using these detectors in diverse analytical situations, a more complete understanding is gained of the applicability of these new technologies. In this paper, we very briefly examine some of the important benefits and drawbacks of microcalorimeter EDS for x-ray microanalysis.
Proceedings Title
Proc., Microscopy and Microanalysis Conf.
Conference Dates
August 13-17, 2000
Conference Location
Philadelphia, PA, USA


EDS, energy dispersive spectrometer, microcalorimeter, microcalorimeter EDS, x-ray spectrometer


Wollman, D. , Newbury, D. , Nam, S. , Hilton, G. , Irwin, K. , Rudman, D. , Deiker, S. , Bergren, N. and Martinis, J. (2000), Microcalorimeter EDS: Benefits and Drawbacks, Proc., Microscopy and Microanalysis Conf., Philadelphia, PA, USA (Accessed April 14, 2024)
Created July 31, 2000, Updated October 12, 2021