Author Topic: Stage X/Y polarity on FEI Quanta in Pathfinder  (Read 89 times)

Probeman

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Stage X/Y polarity on FEI Quanta in Pathfinder
« on: July 09, 2019, 12:02:24 pm »
We occasionally utilize the automated electron image mosaic function in Thermo NSS and Pathfinder to make large maps of say a whole thin section. But every once in a while we notice that the images are not being properly tiled.

This morning Julie Chouinard was getting ready to acquire some large area mosaic images and she noticed that the software (Pathfinder 1.4) was tiling the images so that the upper right image was in the lower left. In other words the X and Y axis orientations were flipped.

So we went into the AutomationClient where the stage polarities are specified and saw that they looked correct in that the direction of increasing X was "East" and the direction of increasing Y was "North".  That's cartesian coordinates and that's what the FEI stages are.

So just on a whim I said let's just swap those directions and see what we get, and lo and behold the tiling is now correct. But can someone explain why we have to specify that the stage has increasing X to the "West" and increasing Y to the "South" as seen here:



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Re: Stage X/Y polarity on FEI Quanta in Pathfinder
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2019, 07:52:34 pm »
Because different stages increase in different directions...?

For the acquisitions that were already acquired, you can open the corresponding .grid file and notepad and change the X- and/or Y-directions to "1" or "-1" as needed and then re-tile them.
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Re: Stage X/Y polarity on FEI Quanta in Pathfinder
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2019, 09:07:09 pm »
Because different stages increase in different directions...?

Yeah, but our stage is cartesian, yet we have to specify X increasing *west* and Y increasing *south* which is obviously anti-cartesian.  Correct?  Yes?

For the acquisitions that were already acquired, you can open the corresponding .grid file and notepad and change the X- and/or Y-directions to "1" or "-1" as needed and then re-tile them.

Good tip, but the mystery remains.
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