Ultrathin sectioning with DUV-pulsed laser ablation: development of a laser ablation nano tome

Takaaki Kanemaru, Yuji Oki

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Abstract

The electrically automated ultrathin sectioning apparatus, which has been developed in recent years, can produce consecutive ultrathin sections with a diamond knife and a gallium ion beam. These newly developed apparatuses, however, have several shortcomings, such as the limited block cutting area, thermal damage to the sample by the focused ion beam and a sample electronic charge. To overcome these faults and for easier scanning electron microscopy three-dimensional fine structural reconstruction, we have developed a new cutting method using a deep ultraviolet laser, which we have named the 'LANTome (Light Ablation Nanotome)'. Using this method, we confirmed the widening of sectioning areas, shortening of the sectioning time, automatic smoothing of rough surfaces, no sample electronic charge and minimal heat effects on the sample tissue, such as thermal denaturation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-96
Number of pages8
JournalMicroscopy (Oxford, England)
Volume64
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015

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