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Optimizing electron backscatter diffraction of carbonate biominerals - resin type and carbon coating

Citation
Pérez-Huerta A & Cusack M (2009) Optimizing electron backscatter diffraction of carbonate biominerals - resin type and carbon coating. Microscopy and Microanalysis, 15 (3), pp. 197-203. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1431927609090370

Abstract
Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) is becoming a widely used technique to determine crystallographic orientation in biogenic carbonates. Despite this use, there is little information available on preparation for the analysis of biogenic carbonates. EBSD data are compared for biogenic aragonite and calcite in the common blue mussel, Mytilus edulis, using different types of resin and thicknesses of carbon coating. Results indicate that carbonate biomineral samples provide better EBSD results if they are embedded in resin, particularly epoxy resin. A uniform layer of carbon of 2.5 nm thickness provides sufficient conductivity for EBSD analyses of such insulators to avoid charging without masking the diffracted signal. Diffraction intensity decreases with carbon coating thickness of 5 nm or more. This study demonstrates the importance of optimizing sample preparation for EBSD analyses of insulators such as carbonate biominerals. © 2009 Microscopy Society of America.

Keywords
aragonite; calcite; mussel; epoxy; diffraction intensity; nanometer

Journal
Microscopy and Microanalysis: Volume 15, Issue 3

StatusPublished
Author(s)Pérez-Huerta, Alberto; Cusack, Maggie
Publication date30/06/2009
Publication date online01/05/2009
Date accepted by journal12/03/2009
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/25086
PublisherCambridge University Press for Microscopy Society of America
ISSN1431-9276
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