Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

The .gov means it’s official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you’re on a federal government site.

Https

The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Transmission Imaging with a Programmable Detector in a Scanning Electron Microscope

Published

Author(s)

Benjamin W. Caplins, Jason D. Holm, Robert R. Keller

Abstract

A new type of angularly selective electron detector for use in a scanning electron microscope is presented. The detector leverages a digital micromirror device (DMD) to take advantage of the benefits of two-dimensional (2D) imaging detectors and high-bandwidth integrating detectors in a single optical system. The imaging detector provides direct access to the diffraction pattern, while the integrating detector can be synchronized to the microscope scan generator providing access to a real space image generated by integrating (pixel-by-pixel) a portion of the diffraction pattern as quantitatively defined by the DMD. The DMD, in effect, takes the place of the objective aperture in a transmission electron microscope (TEM) or an annular detector in a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM), but has the distinct advantage that it can be programmed to take any shape in real time. Proof-of-principle data collected with the detector show diffraction contrast in samples ranging from a polycrystalline gold film to monolayer graphene.
Citation
Ultramicroscopy
Volume
196
Created September 13, 2018, Updated May 9, 2019