Instrumentation developments in scanning soft x-ray microscopy at the NSLS (invited)

Shawn Williams*, Chris Jacobsen, Janos Kirz, Jörg Maser, Sue Wirick, Xiaodong Zhang, Harald Ade, Mark Rivers

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The Scanning Transmission Soft X-ray Microscope at the NSLS has been instrumented for the following new forms of imaging: (1) XANES microscopy for the mapping of chemical constituents and for absorption spectroscopy of small specimen areas; (2) luminescence microscopy for locating visible light emitting labels at the resolution determined by the size of the x-ray microprobe; and (3) dichroism microscopy for mapping the alignment of molecules whose absorption spectra are polarization dependent. Since the instrument is used mostly for the imaging of biological and other radiation sensitive materials, a cryostage is being planned to accommodate frozen hydrated specimens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1271-1275
Number of pages5
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation

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