Glossary Term: Sputter Coater

(Sputter Coating)

Sputter coating in scanning electron microscopy is the process of covering a specimen with a thin layer of conducting material, typically a metal, such as a gold/palladium (Au/Pd) alloy. A conductive coating is needed to prevent charging of a specimen with an electron beam in conventional SEM mode (high vacuum, high voltage). A metal coating is useful for increasing signal to noise ratio (heavy metals are good secondary electron emitters).

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