Direct detection electron energy-loss spectroscopy: A method to push the limits of resolution and sensitivity

In many cases, electron counting with direct detection sensors offers improved resolution, lower noise, and higher pixel density compared to conventional, indirect detection sensors for electron microscopy applications. Direct detection technology has previously been utilized, with great success, for imaging and diffraction, but potential advantages for spectroscopy remain unexplored. Here we compare the performance of a direct detection sensor operated in counting mode and an indirect detection sensor (scintillator/fiber-optic/CCD) for electron energy-loss spectroscopy.

Published in

Nature Scientific Reports

Authored by

Hart, J. L.; Lang, A. C.; Leff, A. C.; Longo, P.; Trevor, C.; Twesten, R. D.; Taheri, M. L.

Publication date

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
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Technique category