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Managing dose-, damage- and data-rates in multi-frame spectrum-imaging

Abstract As an instrument, the scanning transmission electron microscope is unique in being able to simultaneously explore both local structural and chemical variations in materials at the atomic scale. This is made possible as both types of data are acquired serially, originating simultaneously from sample interactions with a sharply focused electron probe. Unfortunately, such scanned data can be distorted by environmental factors, though recently fast-scanned multi-frame imaging approaches have been shown to mitigate these effects. Here, we demonstrate the same approach but optimized for spectroscopic data; we offer some perspectives on the new potential of multi-frame spectrum-imaging (MFSI) and show how dose-sharing approaches can reduce sample damage, improve crystallographic fidelity, increase data signal-to-noise, or maximize usable field of view. Further, we discuss the potential issue of excessive data-rates in MFSI, and demonstrate a file-compression approach to significantly reduce data storage and transmission burdens.

Authors:   Jones L, Varambhia A, Beanland R, et al.
Journal:   Journal of Electron Microscopy
Volume:   67
edition:   suppl_1
Year:   2018
Pages:   i98
DOI:   10.1093/jmicro/dfx125
Publication date:   11-Jan-2018
Facts, background information, dossiers
  • imaging
  • interactions
  • data storage
  • compression
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