Dear all,

I hope you are all safe and healthy…

Ever since JEOL installed our new 8230 last year, I’m having issues with the count rate at low vs. high beam current. At first, I thought this was a dead time issue (still set to the original value of 1.1 µs), but I can ensure you it is not...

My most recent test was done from 10 nA to 200 nA, looking at a LOW QUANTITY element (Ti in hornblende ~1.4 wt% TiO2). With this test, even the highest beam current yields a relatively low count rate (around 6000 to 8000 counts per second), and therefore I can almost for sure eliminate a dead time issue. As you can see from the attached PDF, ALL five spectrometers show the same behaviour, with an increase in count rate with beam current, around 4 to 6% at 70 nA (reference = measure done at 10 nA), and a whooping 8 to 12% at 100 and 200 nA!!!

This result let me think that there is a non-linearity in the beam current measurement (i.e., when the instrument measures 200 nA with the Faraday cup, it is in reality 220 or 225 nA…). Or maybe something else???

Did anyone observe such a behaviour on their 8230 or 8530? Is it possible to adjust this, and if so, how?

I know that Cameca acknowledge this issue; in their case, the “jump” occurs around 50 nA (and there is possibly another “jump” at much lower current; these jumps are due to different “loops” measuring either a low, medium, or high current or something like this...). Cameca “solves” this issue by adding to the dead time correction a linearity coefficient that is applied beyond a certain current threshold (this factor can be found in the dead time setting of Peak Sight). Does JEOL has the same thing somewhere (maybe not accessible unless logged in as a JEOL engineer)???

Best,

Julien



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Dr. Julien Allaz
Head assistant for SEM/EPMA
Inst. für Geochemie und Petrologie
ETH Zürich
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