Fe L3-edge X-ray absorption images recorded using various scanning modes. The conditions for the spatial resolution and the photon flux of the focused beam are identical to those in Fig. 2. (a) Image obtained by the step scan method with a 100 nm step, where the signal averaging time, τ, for each pixel of the image is 3.3 ms. Panels (b), (c), (d) and (e) were obtained using the quick scan mode with = 3.3 ms, 1.7 ms, 0.83 ms and 0.42 ms, respectively. The corresponding acquisition times for an 8 µm × 8 µm area are represented in each image and are converted from those for the full 60 µm × 60 µm area.