elmiX — An Electron Microscopy Software Collection for Data Analysis and Education

  • A. Reinholdt
  • T. E. Weirich


One major drawback in teaching processing and analysis of electron microscopy data is the limited accessibility of software for students and lecturers outside an electron microscopy laboratory. Commonly used software is generally commercial, the available demo versions of these programs lack often for important program features. Suitable alternatives of public domain or freeware programs are difficult to find or often do not exist. Another disadvantage is the limitation that prominent EM software is usually bound to a certain operating system. In order to bridge this gap we have compiled the GNU/Linux live-CD elmiX based on the Debian sid distribution [1, 2, 3] for PCs with Intel compatible CPUs (Pentium II and later) and at least 256 MB RAM. All programs are available for immediate use with manuals and internet links to the web pages of the respective authors after rebooting the PC from the CD. The current version of elmiX (March 2008) contains the following electron microscopy software: CASINO (D. Drouin) [4] Crystal (M. Otten) [5] CTF Explorer (M.V. Sidorov) [6] Digital Micrograph (Gatan) [7] EELS Model (J. Verbeeck) [8] Electron Direct Methods (L. Marks & R. Kilaas) [9] ImageJ (W. Rasband) [10] Java Electron Crystallography Package (X.Z. Li) [11] JEMS Student Edition (P. Stadelmann) [12] Monte Carlo Simulations of electron-solid interactions (D. Joy) [13] Powder Cell (W. Kraus, G. Nolze) [14] Process Diffraction (J. Labar) [15] Space Group Explorer (Calidris) [16] VESTA (K. Momma, F. Izumi) [17]


software education GNU/Linux live-CD 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Reinholdt
    • 1
  • T. E. Weirich
    • 1
  1. 1.Gemeinschaftslabor für ElektronenmikroskopieRWTH AachenAachenGermany

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