Feasibility of X-ray fluorescence imaging in a SEM using pinhole relay optics
Dynamique des Transferts aux Interfaces (DTI) (CNRS UMR 6107), Faculté des Sciences, BP 1039, 51687 Reims Cedex 2, France
Revised: 1 December 2000
Accepted: 13 February 2001
Published online: 15 May 2001
The feasibility of imaging by X-ray fluorescence in a SEM has been tested on a simple laboratory set-up. It has been demonstrated that images generated by the fluorescent X-rays can be directly obtained with the use of simple pinhole relay optics and an incident X-ray beam created in a SEM. These images were acquired with a charge coupled device (CCD) camera coupled to a phosphor screen by a fibre-optic faceplate. This technique provides chemical and topographical images with a spatial resolution in the object plane of a few micrometres. This “global” imaging has the advantage that the acquisition time is only a few minutes for a sample surface of a few mm2.
PACS: 07.85.-m – X- and gamma-ray instruments
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