Geology/Minerology - BSE Mode

Polished mineral section at 500x, BSE mode [Click image for larger size] Phase map of polished mineral section [Click image for larger size] X-ray map of Si only [Click image for larger size] Spectrum of Si identifying location of quartz grain [Click image for larger size]

Geology/Minerology - BSE Mode

When a SEM is used in BSE mode, the brightness of an image is based on atomic number. This effect can be studied in numerous applications, but is very useful when analyzing polished mineral sections, especially when combined with x-ray mapping.

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