Conseil national de recherches du Canada. Institut national de nanotechnologie
hole-free phase plate; volta phase plate; radiation damage; electron beam induced charging; thon rings; fresnel images
Detailed simulations are necessary to correctly interpret the charge polarity of electron beam irradiated thin film patch. Relying on systematic simulations we provide guidelines and movies to interpret experimentally the polarity of the charged area, to be understood as the sign of the electrostatic potential developed under the beam with reference to a ground electrode. We discuss the two methods most frequently used to assess charge polarity: Fresnel imaging of the irradiated area and Thon rings analysis. We also briefly discuss parameter optimization for hole free phase plate (HFPP) imaging. Our results are particularly relevant to understanding contrast of hole-free phase plate imaging and Berriman effect.