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Importing 2D data files

This short guide describes VG 2D-data import dialog of KolXPD and the procedure of importing 2D data measured by VG-Scienta electron energy analyzer. The 2D data file contains intensities of detected electrons as a function of kinetic energy (1.dimension) and emission angle or position on the sample surface (2. dimension). The VG 2D-data import dialog is used to import a set of 2D data that were acquired by scanning 3. dimension (for instance azimuthal angle in case of XPD measurement, or position on the sample surface perpendicular to the 2. dimension in case of XPS mapping). This manual is describing the import on an example, in which an XPD measurement was performed. 

1. Open VG 2D-angular data import dialog

File -> Import -> VG 2D-angular data (Fig.1) opens VG 2D-angular data import dialog (Fig. 2).

Fig. 1. Import menu

Fig. 2. Import dialog

2. Choose 2D data to be imported

Using button Load 2D detector waves... choose the files with 2D data to be imported. The chosen files are listed under the Load button (Fig.3, Frame 1).
Dimensions of each 2D data file are displayed before the titles of the files. Those numbers must be same for all the chosen files. The sum of the loaded data is displayed in the main graph window (Fig. 3, Frame 2). Data from only one file can be displayed by selecting the file in the list. The graph window displays data integrated over the x-channel range on the right and over the Y-channel range at the bottom of the graph.

Fig. 3. File list

3. Set Region settings (Fig.3, Frame 3)

Some of the region settings are loaded from the first file in the list. They define the region title and energy scale. Ek-axis start defines the kinetic energy at the beginning of the measured region, Ek-axis step defines the energy step which was used in the measurement. The option Binding energy will display imported data measured in kinetic energies in binding energies. An appropriate kinetic energy of Fermi edge is supposed to be filled in simultaneously.

4. Make corrections, if necessary

Two types of corrections are available. Correction of the instrument transmission function in Y-channel dimension (for instance, emission angle) and correction of the energy scale shift as a function of Y-channel. In both cases, correction functions in form of 1D wave in an itx file must be prepared. The dimension of the correction function must be the same as the Y-channel dimension of the 2D data to be imported.

4.1 Intensity calibration

Intensity calibration function in Y-channel dimension can be applied by loading the file by the Load intensity calibration... button and ticking 'Apply'. The calibration function is plotted on the right. All data in each Y-channel are divided by the corresponding value in the intensity calibration wave. The result is displayed automatically (Fig. 4 a,b).

4.2 Energy scale shift correction

A shift in energy scale for each Y-channel can be corrected in the same way as it was described in 4.1 (Fig. 4c).

Fig. 4a. As measured

Fig. 4b. After intensity normalization

Fig. 4c. After intensity normalization and energy correction

5. Axis settings

5.1 Set Axis titles

In dependence on the type of measurement, fill in the titles of axis that are represented by Y-channels (Polar emission angle in this example) and by scanned dimension represented by the loaded files (here: Azimuthal angle, Fig. 5, Frame 4)

5.2 Detector Y-channel settings

In this example, polar angle was chosen for the Y-channel axis, so Polar angle settings are going to be set (Fig. 5, Frame 5).

Fig. 5. Axes settings

By setting Y-channel minimum and Y-channel maximum, the range of Y-channels that are going to be imported is chosen. The data stored in channels out of the range are not taken into account. The true range depends on Y-slice reduction and is displayed under the Y-channel used range label. By setting Y-slice reduction, one can average or sum up several Y-slices into one and increase the signal/noise ratio, thus.

Parameters Step per Y-slice and Y-channel minimum serve to set scale represented by Y-channels. The Y-channel normal/minimum set 0 value of the scale (normal emission angle in an angle-resolved photoemission measurement). If the value of Y-channel normal/minimum is higher than Y-channel maximum, the data files are imported with reversed Y-channel scale.

The size of step (SResulted step) is defined as:

S = p * r,

where is Step per Y-slice and represents Y-slice reduction.

The Resulted maximum M is equal to:

Mpr * (n-1),

where n is the number of steps in Y-channel scale, which is equal to Y-channel used range divided by Y-slice reduction.

5.3 Scanned axis settings

Here, Azimuthal angle settings (Fig. 5, Frame 6). Parameters Start and Step defines the scanned axis. It is supposed that the data files correspond to equidistant positions in the scanned axis. Resulted maximum depends on the number of steps which is determined by the number of loaded files.

5.4 Apply intensity settings

By selecting this option, the intensities detected in counts will be divided by total Time per channel and thus transformed into counts per second. The used formula for the Time per channel is:

Time per channel [s] = RoundUp(kEs)dN,

where E is the pass energy in eV, s the step in energy scale in eV (defined in Region settings), d dwell (step) time in seconds, N number of sweeps. Constant k is the factor of proportionality which together with the pass energy E determines the energy range of the detector of the analyzer. In order to get the value of k, consult the manual or provider of your analyzer.

6. Final remarks

The chosen data files will be finally imported into KolXPD by clicking OK button.

Always check whether there are not red-colored items in the import dialog. The red color indicates a wrong parameter (our of range, mismatch between the dimensions in data files, …). Fill in the correct values in the red-colored items and then click OK button.

All the settings can be saved and loaded (Fig. 5, Frame 8) and the used settings are written in notes after the import.


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