Grease of Vacuum Seals
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The partial pressure of hydrocarbon (HC) or silicon oils from the diffusion pump, the grease of vacuum seals, and fingerprints on TEM sample holder induce HC contamination in the EMs (electron microscopes) specimen chamber. To reduce specimen contamination, viton O-rings and apiezon grease should be employed instead of silicon grease for vacuum seals.

In general, contamination of aperture surfaces is normally originated from deposition of organic compounds. The contamination sources also are:
        i) Vacuum pump oil used in the pumping system.
        ii) Gaskets.
        iii) O-rings used to seal the vacuum system.
        iv) Greases used to lubricate O-rings.
        v) Specimen itself.




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