We propose a new SFS (shape from shading) technique for improved 3D surface reconstruction and imaging of relatively smooth surface topography using the scanning electron microscope (SEM). The new arrangement of backscattered electrons detector plates allows decreasing the initial energy of the electron probe, which makes this SEM technique to be suitable for usage on radiation-sensitive samples like biological tissues. Experiments show high effectiveness of the method, which improves both the gradient sensitivity of the signal and the signal to noise ratio.
- 3D topography
- Backscattered electrons detector
- Reconstruction algorithm
- Scanning electron microscopy