Energy Loss Spectrometry for Biological Research
Electron Energy Loss Spectrometry as a technique for the study of biological specimens is still very much in the early stages of development. Because of its high information gathering efficiency and high energy resolution (see Ch. 7, Joy) the potential for the use of ELS in the microanalytical study of biological thin specimens seems clear. However, it is also appreciated that certain problems (e.g. background intensity, radiation damage) are fundamental limitations to the full exploitation of this ELS potential. The current experimental situation is one in which both a variety of applications are being evaluated and, at the same time, the fundamental characteristics of the technique are being investigated, hopefully leading to optimum experimental parameters for application of the technique.
KeywordsEnergy Loss Electron Energy Loss Spectrometry High Energy Resolution Elemental Microanalysis Mass Thickness
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