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Adam P. Hitchcock

Canada Research Chair

in Materials Research
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON
Canada L8S 4M1
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cryo STXM at CLS-SM: first image September 2015

WHO:  Adam Leontowich, Russ Berg (Canadian Light Source)

WHERE:  Canadian Light Source CLS-SM cryo Scanning Transmission X-ray Microscope (c-STXM)
WHEN:   09 September 2015                        POSTED:  21 Feb 2016

WHAT: After over 2 years of design, procurement, assembly and testing, the new CLS-SM cryo STXM generated its first image on 09 Sep 2015. This system features a 5-axis computer controlled goniometer stage and cryo sample rod (adapted from transmisison electron microscopy), near-UHV construction, and novel python based acquistion and control software (pySTXM). It will provide CLS-SM users with a user-friendly system for cryo spectro-tomography, cryo spectro-ptychography as well as room temperature and variable temperature STXM studies of appropriate, vacuum compatible samples.

The new microscope is one of 3 components of a major upgrade to the CLS soft X-ray spectromicroscopy facility, that is funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, CLS, Provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta and Ontario, and the AFCC Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation Corporation.


A. F. G. Leontowich, C. Regier, D. M. Taylor, R. Berg, K. Epp, J. Swirsky, C. Karunakaran, A. P. Hitchcock and S. G. Urquhart, Design and installation of a cryo scanning transmission x-ray microscope at the Canadian Light Source, International Conference on X-ray Microscopy (XRM2014), Melbourne, Australia, Oct, 2014

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