Tip 01 Multi-tasking with AZtec (Part 1)

‘Multi-Tasking’ lies at the heart of the AZtec design principle. You no longer have to wait for an acquisition to finish before performing other software tasks, whether you are interrogating map data, comparing spectra or writing reports.

This tip will describe how to utilise some of the multi-tasking capabilities of AZtec and get the most out of your system.

 

Processing acquired SmartMap data while acquiring an X-Ray map:

Taking a common operation like ‘Acquiring an EDS X-ray map’. Normally, while a microanalysis system is acquiring X-ray maps, you cannot perform any other tasks....

Taking a common operation like ‘Acquiring an EDS X-ray map’. Normally, whilst a microanalysis system is acquiring X-ray maps, you cannot perform any other tasks.....but with AZtec you can, for example, analyse and interpret the data already collected by utilising the reconstruction tools. These tools act in the same way as the acquisition tools, but instead of taking control of the SEM/TEM beam to acquire new X-ray data, you can now look at the X-ray data already acquired.

Reconstruction tools are located below the acquisition tools

Reconstruction tools are located below the acquisition toolsSo, while the system is acquiring maps, you can investigate particular areas of interest, interrogate spectra and add/remove element maps to those already being acquired live.

So, whilst the system is acquiring maps, you can investigate particular areas of interest, interrogate spectra and add/remove element maps to those already being acquired live.Report on data during acquisition:

Even while acquiring data into one project you can also interrogate and report data from another project without affecting the live acquisition. Just go to the ‘File’ menu and ‘Add’ – ‘Existing Project’

Even while acquiring data into one project you can also interrogate and report data from another project without affecting the live acquisition. Just go to the ‘File’ menu and ‘Add’ – ‘Existing Project’Then carry out your data interrogation and report as required, whilst data acquisition carries on in the background

Then carry out your data interrogation and report as required, whilst data acquisition carries on in the background

You can even report on data during its acquisition, simply press the ‘Report Results’ each time you want a snapshot of your data...

You can even report on data during its acquisition, simply press the ‘Report Results’ each time you want a snapshot of your data....offering you the ability to create a time lapse report showing how data changes over time.

Workflow

Compare spectra during acquisition:

Another really useful multi-tasking capability is the ability to compare a currently acquiring spectrum to a spectrum from another previously acquired area or even from an imported project.

Just choose the spectrum that you want to compare against from the drop down menu in the MiniQuant:

Just choose the spectrum that you want to compare against from the drop down menu in the MiniQuantNow when a spectrum is acquired live on the microscope, it can be immediately referenced to the comparison spectrum.

Now when a spectrum is acquired live on the microscope, it can be immediately referenced to the comparison spectrum

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