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April 2019

Pulsed Electron Beams Provide a Softer Touch for Atomic-Scale Imaging

Scientific Achievement

A team of Foundry scientists and industry users have developed a method to apply picosecond pulsed-electron beams to image a beam-sensitive material with atomic resolution.

Significance and Impact

This is the first time that beam-sensitive and air-sensitive magnesium chloride has been studied with atomic resolution. The new technique could be used to study other soft materials and could aid the development of sustainable plastics.

Research Details

C. Kisielowski, P. Specht, D. Freitag, E.R. Kieft, W.Verhoeven, J.F.M. van Rens, P. Mustaers, J. Luiten, S. Rozveld, J. Kand, A.J. McKenna, P. Nickias, D.F. Yancey. Adv. Fun. Mat.. 2019 1807818. DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201807818.