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Re: Latest version changes for Probe for EPMA (and CalcImage) v. 13.1.4
« Reply #180 on: May 30, 2022, 02:14:17 PM »
To enable the automated acquisition of constant k-ratios we implemented a new option which will increment the Y stage axis when acquiring multiple sample setups. This option is available from the Multiple Setups button in the Automate! window as seen here:



The constant k-ratio test for checking the instrument dead times and picoammeter accuracy is discussed here:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1466.0

This new Y stage increment option works for both the original multiple sample setups acquisitions (each position sample for all (multiple) sample setups), and the new "one at a time" multiple sample setups acquisitions, which can be used for the constant k-ratio testing if ones samples are susceptible to beam damage.

And it works for all position samples with multiple sample setups (standards, unknowns and wavescans!). Check it out.
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Re: Latest version changes for Probe for EPMA (and CalcImage) v. 13.1.5
« Reply #181 on: June 10, 2022, 12:27:41 PM »
We have been working with Philipp Poeml recently adding some new features in CalcImage (e.g., a new filter for blanking pixel with bad analytical totals) and have found that a version uploaded in last last two weeks has a few minor bugs that have now been fixed.

So if you've updated your Probe for EPMA software in the last two weeks, please update again and all should be good.

Sorry for any inconvenience.
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Re: Latest version changes for Probe for EPMA (and CalcImage) v. 13.1.7
« Reply #182 on: June 29, 2022, 09:51:29 AM »
There is now a new button in the Analytical | Update Dead Time Constants menu dialog as seen here:



This allows one to update all the dead time constants in an old probe run (or new probe run using older element setups from the element setup database), by using the dead time constants stored in the SCALERS.DAT file (which normally should be the most recent dead time constants that have been determined).
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Re: Latest version changes for Probe for EPMA (and CalcImage) v. 13.1.7
« Reply #183 on: July 09, 2022, 06:55:24 PM »
Latest version of Probe for EPMA now notes the dead time correction expression type utilized in the Report output format:

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Re: Latest version changes for Probe for EPMA (and CalcImage) v. 13.1.9
« Reply #184 on: September 10, 2022, 10:20:49 AM »
The latest version of Probe for EPMA now includes the exponential dead time correction expression for those that might want to try it out:



It does not appear to work well on Cameca instruments, at least when typical Cameca dead times are ~3 usec or so, because the product of deadtime * cps is often greater than 1/e as explained in this post:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1489.msg11245#msg11245

But further evaluations of JEOL intensities using these expressions are most welcome. Please note that when acquiring constant k-ratios on JEOL (and Cameca for that matter) instruments, be sure to record your PHA scans at both the lowest *and* highest count rates to be sure that no PHA shifting is occurring that could bias the results. Normally this should be performed on your primary standard, e.g., pure Ti or pure Si. See here for more details:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1466.msg11247#msg11247

What we want to avoid is PHA shifting as seen here from Anette's SiO2/Si constant k-ratio run:



If necessary one might need to modify the PHA settings for the high current acquisitions to avoid such extreme PHA shifting...
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Re: Latest version changes for Probe for EPMA (and CalcImage) v. 13.1.9
« Reply #185 on: September 13, 2022, 09:22:22 AM »
We added some additional output in Probe for EPMA that might be helpful for those evaluating the various dead time correction expressions. Specifically the dead time constant for each element (DEAD) and also the percent dead time correction (DTC%) as shown here:

On-Peak (off-peak corrected) or EDS (bgd corrected) or MAN On-Peak X-ray Counts (cps/1nA) (and Faraday/Absorbed Currents):
ELEM:    si ka   si ka   si ka   si ka   si ka   BEAM1   BEAM2
BGD:       OFF     OFF     OFF     OFF     OFF
SPEC:        1       2       3       4       5
CRYST:     TAP    LTAP    LPET     TAP     PET
ORDER:       1       1       1       1       1
  102G  223.63  663.19   72.31  238.14   23.34   7.727   7.727
  103G  223.49  665.10   73.30  235.02   23.13   7.730   7.727
  104G  223.19  666.12   73.15  233.68   23.34   7.729   7.727
  105G  225.02  667.15   71.75  235.16   23.55   8.406   8.438
  106G  224.17  667.77   71.12  232.59   23.64   8.190   8.200
  107G  224.53  664.00   71.57  230.58   23.35   7.402   7.396
  108G  223.26  666.34   74.89  231.33   23.80   8.422   8.438
  109G  223.63  655.35   72.00  229.94   23.64   8.188   8.200

AVER:   223.87  664.38   72.51  233.30   23.47   7.974   7.982
SDEV:      .65    3.96    1.22    2.75     .22    .375    .387
1SIG:      .68    1.18     .39     .70     .22
SIGR:      .95    3.37    3.12    3.94     .99
SERR:      .23    1.40     .43     .97     .08
%RSD:      .29     .60    1.68    1.18     .94
DEAD:     2.85    2.65    3.00    2.76    3.10
DTC%:       .5     1.4      .2      .5      .1

Typically, the dead time correction percentages are less than 1%, but we thought it was worth displaying when outputting raw intensities using the Raw data button in Probe for EPMA.  Of course when running Si Ka on a large TAP crystal at high beam currents one is going see much larger corrections. Here is one such example:

On-Peak (off-peak corrected) or EDS (bgd corrected) or MAN On-Peak X-ray Counts (cps/1nA) (and Faraday/Absorbed Currents):
ELEM:    si ka   si ka   si ka   si ka   si ka   BEAM1   BEAM2
BGD:       OFF     OFF     OFF     OFF     OFF
SPEC:        1       2       3       4       5
CRYST:     TAP    LTAP    LPET     TAP     PET
ORDER:       1       1       1       1       1
  350G 1529.94 3069.74  684.65 1607.96  197.11 200.568 200.568
  351G 1527.25 3076.57  684.89 1611.71  197.30 200.629 200.598
  352G 1531.49 3076.92  685.27 1609.49  197.70 200.598 200.598
  353G 1529.87 3077.09  685.17 1611.09  197.27 200.598 200.583
  354G 1527.81 3080.52  685.17 1612.68  197.33 200.583 200.583
  355G 1530.51 3078.64  685.65 1609.84  197.46 200.568 200.552
  356G 1529.83 3077.20  685.69 1609.11  197.13 200.583 200.583
  357G 1527.66 3078.21  685.60 1606.19  196.80 200.629 200.537

AVER:  1529.29 3076.86  685.26 1609.76  197.26 200.594 200.575
SDEV:     1.53    3.15     .37    2.09     .26    .024    .022
1SIG:      .24     .28     .20     .25     .12
SIGR:     6.26   11.25    1.90    8.38    2.19
SERR:      .54    1.11     .13     .74     .09
%RSD:      .10     .10     .05     .13     .13
DEAD:     2.85    2.65    3.00    2.76    3.10
DTC%:    112.8   227.4    48.4   115.2    13.0

Note the 227% correction!    :o

Also worth mentioning that if one exceeds the valid range of dead time * cps product, the software will warn you that the correction cannot be applied as shown here:



Although all the dead time expressions will fail mathematically at high enough dead time constants and count rates, the only time this error should ever become visible is when applying the exponential dead time correction on a Cameca instrument with its typically ~3 usec dead times.
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Re: Latest version changes for Probe for EPMA (and CalcImage) v. 13.1.9
« Reply #186 on: October 11, 2022, 09:55:52 AM »
This is a very small change to the software and I'm not sure how many will find it useful, but it was requested by Chi Ma at Cal Tech, so we added the capability.

So of you may have noticed that Probe for EPMA controls the optical light automatically on several occasions. For example:

The light is turned off:
1. Before automated image acquisition
2. Before PI is being run during automation
3. At the end of automation
4. Before manual sample acquisition from Acquire! if using EDS or CL

The light is turned on:
1. Auto-focus
2. After sample acquisition for manual sample acquisition or if automated and confirm positions is specified
3. If automation is canceled


But Chi requested that we add an option to not allow PFE to control the reflected and/or transmitted light temporarily. So we implemented the following new checkbox control in the stage map window:



When this checkbox is checked PFE will no longer control the reflected or transmitted light on or off commands (automatically or manually).  The only time the light will be automatically controlled is during auto-focus of stage Z position.
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Re: Latest version changes for Probe for EPMA (and CalcImage) v. 13.2.1
« Reply #187 on: November 15, 2022, 02:53:26 PM »
I got a strange feature request from Probeman, but the more I thought about it, the more reasonable it sounded.

Anyway, here's the deal: in Probe for EPMA we can integrate JEOL or Cameca WDS EPMA instruments with EDS systems from Thermo, Bruker or JEOL. However, Probe for EPMA does not connect to the EDS system until it is needed. That could be because one starts an EDS acquisition (from an existing WDS-EDS run), or one needs to extract EDS net intensities for quantification, or maybe just because one decides to open the Acquisition Options dialog from the Acquire! window.

When the Acquisition Options dialog is opened, Probe for EPMA checks the current EDS pulse process time in the EDS system and updates the value displayed in the dialog. If the EDS interface is not already connected, it tries to connect to the EDS system which might be on the same computer as Probe for EPMA (e.g., Thermo or Bruker) or on a remote computer (e.g., JEOL 8230/8530 and  iSP100/iHP200F).  The Bruker and Thermo EDS systems can also be on a remote computer depending on how your computer network is arranged.

For example, when the Acquisition Options dialog is opened and a Thermo NSS or Pathfinder system is present, this dialog would previously be displayed:



to prompt you to either click OK to attempt to connect to the Thermo system *or* to click Cancel to exit and not open the Acquisition Options dialog. This means that the Acquisition Options dialog cannot be opened unless the Thermo EDS software is up and running on a local or remote computer.  But what if you don't want to use the integrated WDS-EDS acquisition in Probe for EPMA?  Or even worse, what if there's a problem with the Thermo software or computer and you can't run the Thermo software at all?

One could close the application and edit the Probewin.ini file to indicate that no EDS system is present (EDSSpectraInterfacePresent=0), or perhaps we could just temporarily disable the EDS interface just for this session? That was Probeman's thought and so we've implemented that so, when being prompted for attempting a connection to the Thermo (or Bruker or JEOL) EDS software, we are now presented with this dialog:



A slightly different message appears if the Thermo system is on another computer, but the key point is that when one clicks Cancel, instead of exiting and not opening the Acquisition Options dialog, it merely temporarily disables the EDS interface (for the duration of this session) and displays the dialog as seen here with the EDS controls disabled:



Of course you'll probably want to add some elements by WDS...  but the point being you can proceed and open the Acquisiiton Options dialog without having to get the Thermo EDS software up and running just to analyze some WDS elements.

Now what happens if you then decide to start an EDS acquisition (for a run that already contains EDS data)?  Well you'll get this dialog:



And what about if you already have some EDS element acquired and try to quant them?  Well, you'll get this dialog:



Note that you can re-start the software and then have the EDS software up and running and then connect to it in order to obtain new net intensities, *or* you could simply open the Analysis Options dialog from the Analytical menu and check the following checkbox:



This forces Probe for EPMA to utilize EDS net intensities that have been previously stored in the user's current probe database.  This, by the way, is also a neat way to process data off-line from Thermo, Bruker or JEOL EDS systems.  Though remember, one can install an off-line version of the Thermo and Bruker software on any computer for the purposes of obtaining net intensities.

Note that JEOL does not have an "off-line" version of their software so this "Only Use Stored Intensities" option is very handy when you want to process WDS-EDS analyses on another computer not connected to the microprobe private network.
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