Analysis, Nuclear Microscope

A method of simultaneously imaging and measuring Elements at the submicron level. Nuclear Microscopy uses a focused high-energy ion beam of Protons and Alpha Particles (a nuclear microprobe) to interact with the sample. The resulting emitted Radiations are analyzed by a group of techniques simultaneously: Particle Induced X Ray Emission Spectrometry for Minor and trace element Identification; Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy to assess sample thickness and bulk Elements such as Carbon, Hydrogen, Oxygen, and Nitrogen; and Scanning Transmission Ion Microscopy to assess sample structure and density.