Standard performance criteria for analytical electron microscopy

Stephen Michael Zemyan, D. B. WILLIAMS

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Users of analytical electron microscopy lack easy‐to‐use standards for assessing the consistency and quality of analytical performance. We propose using a Cr thin film of known thickness to measure three important characteristics related to performance: the Cr Kα peak‐to‐background (P/B) ratio, the X‐ray spectrometer relative efficiency, and the spectrometer energy resolution. We used a Cr specimen to determine the instrumental factors which influence the P/B ratio, finding that the highest P/B ratios are achieved in scanning transmission mode at the highest available accelerating voltage. We present values of the P/B ratio, and the detector relative efficiency and energy resolution which can be used for comparison in other laboratories using the standard film. 1994 Blackwell Science Ltd

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Microscopy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology


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