Medipix 2 detector applied to low energy electron microscopy

Raoul van Gastel, I. Sikharulidze, S. Schramm, J.P. Abrahams, Bene Poelsema, R.M. Tromp, S.J. van der Molen

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

39 Citations (Scopus)


Low energy electron microscopy (LEEM) and photo-emission electron microscopy (PEEM) traditionally use microchannel plates (MCPs), a phosphor screen and a CCD-camera to record images and diffraction patterns. In recent years, however, MCPs have become a limiting factor for these types of microscopy. Here, we report on a successful test series using a solid state hybrid pixel detector, Medipix 2, in LEEM and PEEM. Medipix 2 is a background-free detector with an infinite dynamic range, making it very promising for both real-space imaging and spectroscopy. We demonstrate a significant enhancement of both image contrast and resolution, as compared to MCPs. Since aging of the Medipix 2 detector is negligible for the electron energies used in LEEM/PEEM, we expect Medipix to become the detector of choice for a new generation of systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-35
Number of pages3
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Photoelectron emission microscopy
  • IR-80132
  • Low energy electron microscopy
  • Pixel detector
  • metis-262677


Dive into the research topics of 'Medipix 2 detector applied to low energy electron microscopy'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this