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3D Atomic Imaging by Internal-Detector Electron Holography

Researchers succeed to produce 3D atomic imaging of photoelectron holography.

Institute for Materials Research (IMR) of Tohoku University, HORIBA Limited, and Tohoku Techno Arch Company, Limited announced on July 19, 2011 that a research group led by associate professor of IMR, Kouichi Hayashi has succeeded in 3D atomic imaging by a time-inverted version of photoelectron holography. Details were published in Physical Review Letters*.

Determination of atomic arrangement in a material will be an important step to understand its properties and to create novel advanced materials. The research group constructed an apparatus for internal-detector electron holography based on a scanning electron microscope (SEM).

Using an energy-dispersive x-ray detector, an electron gun, and a computer-controllable sample stage, a multiple-energy hologram of the atomic arrangement around the Ti atom in SrTiO3 is obtained by recording the characteristic Ti Ká x-ray spectra for different electron beam angles and wavelengths.

A real-space image was obtained by using a fitting-based reconstruction algorithm SPEA-MEM. 3D atomic images of the elements Sr, Ti, and O in SrTiO3 were clearly visualized. Broadening of O-atom image is observed to show O-atom fluctuation, suggesting the ability of the present method for providing advanced information on the atomic structure analysis.

*Akio Uesaka, Kouichi Hayashi, Tomohiro Matsushita, and Shigetoshi Arai, "3D Atomic Imaging by Internal-Detector Electron Holography", Physical Review Letters, Vol. 107, No. 3, p. 045502 (2011) [4 pages]. Doi: 10,113/PhysRevLett.107.045502; published 19 July 2011.

This article first appeared in the August 2011 issue of Nanotech Japan Bulletin

Mikiko Tanifuji | Research asia research news
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