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Introduction

This guide from the Center for Microscopy and Image Analysis, UZH, Zurich, Switzerland shows how to prepare the gain reference for the K3 Gatan camera, at the transmission electron microscope Titan Krios G3i.

Please find more detailed information about the system here.

To be done once a week after every camera cycle, when weird stripes appear in your image, or before the data acquisition of your life.

  1. Go to a void area of your grid (broken mesh/void).
    • Go to a void area of your grid (broken mesh/void).

    • Select the linear mode of the K3 camera.

    • Bring the electron dose to roughly 300 e-/pic/sec. Be sure to use the the same mag you would use for image acquisition. Usually, for such dose rate, you would need to use the C2 aperture of 150 um and a pretty low spot size (1-2).

    • Be sure to be on the linear imaging mode, otherwise you could burn the K3 camera!!!!

  2. Select in the "Camera" Menu the "Prepare Gain Reference" option.
    • Select in the "Camera" Menu the "Prepare Gain Reference" option.

  3. The software will ask you if you want to "Collect Gain Reference" for the Linear Mode -> choose this option. Wait Until the Dark reference is collected. Adjust the Beam intensity to the selected dose rate (1280 average counts). The measured dose rate is shown on the image, in red. When you are done, select done.
    • The software will ask you if you want to "Collect Gain Reference" for the Linear Mode -> choose this option.

    • Wait Until the Dark reference is collected.

    • Adjust the Beam intensity to the selected dose rate (1280 average counts). The measured dose rate is shown on the image, in red. When you are done, select done.

  4. For the Gain reference in counting mode, you need a much lower electron dose!!!! Bring the screen down and increase the spot size to 4 or 5, before starting. Then you can lift the screen again. Collect the Gain reference for the counted mode. The Dark reference is automatically acquired.
    • For the Gain reference in counting mode, you need a much lower electron dose!!!! Bring the screen down and increase the spot size to 4 or 5, before starting. Then you can lift the screen again.

    • Collect the Gain reference for the counted mode.

    • The Dark reference is automatically acquired.

    • The software will ask you which parameter you would like to use for the gain reference collection in counted mode. Use the defaults.

    • You can change the parameters for the gain reference collection. I would suggests to use the defaults, and change them only if you know what you are doing.

  5. Change the Beam intensity, so that you obtain the desired dose rate (in the picture, the default value of 15 e-/pix/sec is shown), and select done. Make sure that the Beam edge will not come into your image, otherwise it would be in your gain reference.
    • Change the Beam intensity, so that you obtain the desired dose rate (in the picture, the default value of 15 e-/pix/sec is shown), and select done.

    • Make sure that the Beam edge will not come into your image, otherwise it would be in your gain reference.

    • When you are done, a window will pop up letting you know that the gain reference has been successfully signed and saved. Click "OK".

  6. Open the Gain reference for the counted mode (example in the picture). It is saved in: C:\ProgramData\Gatan\ReferenceImages . Does it look good?
    • Open the Gain reference for the counted mode (example in the picture). It is saved in: C:\ProgramData\Gatan\ReferenceImages . Does it look good?

    • If the beam is coming in, repeat! This time use a larger beam.

    • Copy your gain reference somewhere, you will need it for data processing.

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