The scanning transmission microscope at the NSLS

Harvey Rarback*, Chris Buckley, Kaarin Goncz, Harald Ade, Erik Anderson, David Attwood, Phil Batson, Sid Hellman, Chris Jacobsen, Dieter Kern, Janos Kirz, Steve Lindaas, Ian McNulty, Menno Oversluizen, Mark Rivers, Stephen Rothman, Deming Shu, Eshang Tang

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The scanning transmission soft X-ray microscope (STXM) that has been under development at the National Synchrotron Light Source [H. Rarback et al., Rev. Sci. Instr. 59 (1988) 52] has been substantially ungraded for operation with the X1 undulator [C. Buckley et al., Rev. Sci. Instr. 60 (1989) 2444]. The principal new features are: optical prefocusing, using a visible light interferometer; a dedicated VAXstation 3200 with a more user friendly and flexible software system for image acquisition and analysis; a flow cell that makes it possible not only to keep the specimen wet during exposure, but to change the fluid around the specimen as well; and a more compact proportional counter that is capable of counting rates of several MHz. In conjunction with new zone plates of better resolution and higher efficiency [E.H. Anderson, SPIE 1160 (1989) 2], the microscope is ready for a period of extended use in biological imaging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-59
Number of pages6
JournalNuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research, A
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - May 20 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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