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We have acquired a nice new SEM (W filament, variable pressure 
Hitachi S3400) whose function principally is quality CL imaging 
(Gatan PanaCL/F), and EBSD (HKL) work.

We have a question for labs out there with more EBSD experience under 
their belts than we do: have you determined an optimal keV setting, 
for any/all of your work? (we are doing geological work)

It seems to me that you don't want to go to higher keV than necessary 
as the scattering will increase (though the effective backscattered, 
oops forescattered electron signals that are relevant may only be 
those from the first events near the surface, suggested by Prior 
[1999]) and the spatial resolution will decrease (though I am not 
convinced about this) -- or does going to high keV improve the signal 
generated on the phosphor screen and thus improve the Kukchi line 
discrimination?  Clearly having significant counts (=high enough 
current) is probably the most important factor, but given that is not 
a problem, would say 30 keV yield better results vs 15 keV?


John Fournelle, Ph.D.	       office: (608) 262-7964   cell: (608) 438-7480
Cameron Electron Microprobe Lab   lab: (608) 265-4798
Dept of Geology & Geophysics      fax: (608) 262-0693
University of Wisconsin          home: (608) 274-2245
1215 West Dayton St.            email: [log in to unmask]
Madison, WI 53706		amateur radio: WA3BTA
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