Scanning Microscopy


Experiments with the PHI 595 Multiprobe have revealed a pronounced asymmetry of the energy filtered image (the shape of the line-scan curve) obtained with an isolated sphere lying on a flat surface. The effect is explained as a consequence of transmission efficiency variations along the circumference of the ring-shaped detector assembly, and is probably caused by deviations from coaxiality of the adjustable parts of the entrance annular aperture controlling the energy resolution. A quantitative model provides realistic results and has indicated the emission anisotropy of Auger electrons as being much larger than that of the energy filtered background emission at various energies.

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