The optical scalpel on door in position for fracturing the sample
The fractured, coated sample was placed back into the Leica EM VCT100 shuttle and transferred to a Hitachi SU-8230 FESEM for imaging. The image reveals a uniform coating of platinum without coating induced artifacts as well as a complete lack of ice contamination or frost on the surface. The latex particles are easily identifiable as a stacked lattice. There is slight separation from the silicon chip providing insight to the planar surface and the thickness of the sample applied to the chip. The image was captured at 0.3 kV under decelerating conditions at a magnification of 20.0kx using a combination SE-BSE detectors.