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Ion Beam Microscopes

Helium Ion Beam microscopes (HIBM) operate similar to scanning electron micropscopes (SEM), but as the name suggests they use a helium ion, rather then electrons to image the samples. The Helium ion microscope has the advantage that it is able to produce sharper images on a wider range of materials with an increased number of grey scales, but most importantly has a much improved level of resolution due to their shorter wavelength. They also create less damage to samples compared to other ion beams due to their lower atomic mass. Images obtained with a HIBM are able to provide topgraphic, material, crystallographic and electrical information.