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Comprehensive electron-optical characterization of an X-ray photoemission electron microscope


Typically the performance of Photoemission Electron Microscopes (PEEM) is reported as one number, representative of amicroscope's ultimate performance under an ideal set of conditions. Often a simple Rayleigh criterion is used which definesthe spatial resolution approximately as the minimum distance of two still distinguishable features. However, the ability of aninstrument to provide meaningful spectroscopic and microscopic information depends on the contrast loss of a pattern over amuch wider range of spatial frequencies. For example, the chemical signature of one area on the sample can be contaminated from an adjacent area although both areas are still easily distinguishable in a microscopic image. We report here on a morecomprehensive measurement of the PEEM-II instrument at the Advanced Light Source that examines the response of the instrument to a wide range of experimental conditions and compares this response to both analytic and computer models of the expected performance. The absolute magnification, the transmission as a function of the four interchangeable energy and angular filtering apertures, and modulation transfer functions which describe the performance of the instrument over a range of spatial frequencies from unity to the performance limit were obtained at an experimentally relevant range of operating voltages. The results are both useful to current and future users of the instrument in determining what scientific questions canand cannot be answered with the apparatus, and after comparison with previously published analytic results and new computer ray tracing simulations of the instrument highly valuable to the efforts in next generation PEEM realization.

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