J. Phys. IV France
Volume 104, March 2003
Page(s) 509 - 512

J. Phys. IV France
104 (2003) 509
DOI: 10.1051/jp4:20030134

3d chemical mapping of toners by serial section scanning transmission X-ray microscopy

A.P. Hitchcock1, T. Araki1, H. Ikeura-Sekiguchi2, N. Iwata3 and K. Tani3

1  BIMR, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON Canada L8S 4M1
2  Electrotechnical Laboratory, AIST, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568, Japan
3  R&D Centre, Ricoh Co. Ltd., 16-1 Shinei-cho, Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama 224, Japan

We describe three dimensional chemical mapping of a 2x10x10 micron volume of a toner particle by scanning transmission X-ray microscopy using serial section sampling and computer reconstruction. To our knowledge this is the first example of serial section 3d imaging by soft X-ray microscopy. This is an attractive alternative to tomography when sample density is large and detailed 3-d chemical information requires image acquisition at a number of X-ray energies.

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