Unscrambling mixed elements using high angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopyUnscrambling mixed elements using high angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy
Faculty of Applied Economics
Faculty of Sciences. Physics
Electron microscopy for materials research (EMAT)
2016New York, N.Y., 2016
Physical review letters. - New York, N.Y.
116(2016):24, 6 p.
University of Antwerp
The development of new nanocrystals with outstanding physicochemical properties requires a full three-dimensional (3D) characterization at the atomic scale. For homogeneous nanocrystals, counting the number of atoms in each atomic column from high angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy images has been shown to be a successful technique to get access to this 3D information. However, technologically important nanostructures often consist of more than one chemical element. In order to extend atom counting to heterogeneous materials, a new atomic lensing model is presented. This model takes dynamical electron diffraction into account and opens up new possibilities for unraveling the 3D composition at the atomic scale. Here, the method is applied to determine the 3D structure of Au@Ag core-shell nanorods, but it is applicable to a wide range of heterogeneous complex nanostructures.