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The present invention is a sample-stage for a scanning electron microscope. The sample stage has a U-shaped base, horizontally oriented with the closed end forming the right side. A bottom member abuts the bottom of the U-shaped base, forming an interior cavity with the U-shaped base. An angled support member abuts the top of the U-shaped base farthest from the right side for holding a sample at a user-defined angle. A first reflector abuts a portion of the interior right side of the U-shaped base, and a second reflector abuts a portion of the top surface of the bottom member. A beam stop abuts a portion of the right side of the U-shaped base.