Electron tomography based on highly limited data using a neural network reconstruction techniqueElectron tomography based on highly limited data using a neural network reconstruction technique
Faculty of Sciences. Physics
Electron microscopy for materials research (EMAT)
Ultramicroscopy. - Amsterdam
158(2015), p. 81-88
University of Antwerp
Gold nanoparticles are studied extensively due to their unique optical and catalytical properties. Their exact shape determines the properties and thereby the possible applications. Electron tomography is therefore often used to examine the three-dimensional (3D) shape of nanoparticles. However, since the acquisition of the experimental tilt series and the 3D reconstructions are very time consuming, it is difficult to obtain statistical results concerning the 3D shape of nanoparticles. Here, we propose a new approach for electron tomography that is based on artificial neural networks. The use of a new reconstruction approach enables us to reduce the number of projection images with a factor of 5 or more. The decrease in acquisition time of the tilt series and use of an efficient reconstruction algorithm allows us to examine a large amount of nanoparticles in order to retrieve statistical results concerning the 3D shape.