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Development of Maximum Efficiency Phase Contrast Electron Microscopy

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Project "DIGIPHASE" data sheet

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Organization address
city: WIEN
postcode: 1010

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 Coordinator Country Austria [AT]
 Project website
 Total cost 166˙156 €
 EC max contribution 166˙156 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-07-01   to  2017-06-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITAT WIEN AT (WIEN) coordinator 166˙156.00


 Project objective

Electron microscopy is a key technique for imaging and analysis of materials. Although aberration correction has made atomic resolution possible at low accelerating voltages, beam damage remains a critical limitation for many types of materials. The imaging modes currently in use today are inefficient in terms of the number of transmitted electrons detected and the way in which these are used to derive information. Current detectors integrate over details in the angular distribution of scattered intensities, and make use of only a limited range of scattering angles. In the case of scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), a wealth of information is contained in the distribution of electron scattering as a function of the illuminating probe position. The proposed work will make use of pixelated detectors to record this four-dimensional data set and develop methods to intelligently utilize the information it contains. This research project has become possible through recent advances in the sensitivity and speed of pixelated detectors, and offers a new path to maximize the information gained per fast electron. Maximum efficiency phase contrast imaging in STEM recovers the full amplitude and phase components of the specimen, with minimum dose, and maximum signal to noise ratio, and maximum contrast that does not require aberrations. In materials science for example it will enable imaging of charge transfer at point defects and interfaces while simultaneous Z-contrast imaging provides interpretability and chemical sensitivity. Similarly, such high sensitivity phase detection will allow the direct imaging of local electric and magnetic fields at the highest possible spatial resolutions, providing many new opportunities for understanding electronic, spintronic and magnetic materials at the heart of today’s technological advances. In biology, maximum efficiency phase contrast imaging may open the door to the ultimate low dose molecular- and bio-imaging.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Chen Li, Yu-Yang Zhang, Timothy J. Pennycook, Yelong Wu, Andrew R. Lupini, Naba Paudel, Sokrates T. Pantelides, Yanfa Yan, Stephen J. Pennycook
Column-by-column observation of dislocation motion in CdTe: Dynamic scanning transmission electron microscopy
published pages: 143107, ISSN: 0003-6951, DOI: 10.1063/1.4963765
Applied Physics Letters 109/14 2019-07-23
2017 Kenan Elibol, Toma Susi, Maria O?Brien, Bernhard C. Bayer, Timothy J. Pennycook, Niall McEvoy, Georg S. Duesberg, Jannik C. Meyer, Jani Kotakoski
Grain boundary-mediated nanopores in molybdenum disulfide grown by chemical vapor deposition
published pages: 1591-1598, ISSN: 2040-3364, DOI: 10.1039/C6NR08958E
Nanoscale 9/4 2019-07-23
2017 Toma Susi, Viera Skakalova, Andreas Mittelberger, Peter Kotrusz, Martin Hulman, Timothy J. Pennycook, Clemens Mangler, Jani Kotakoski, Jannik C. Meyer
2D silicon carbide: computational insights and the observation of SiC nanograin assembly
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-04683-9
Scientific Reports 2019-07-23
2016 Toma Susi, Christoph Hofer, Giacomo Argentero, Gregor T. Leuthner, Timothy J. Pennycook, Clemens Mangler, Jannik C. Meyer, Jani Kotakoski
Isotope analysis in the transmission electron microscope
published pages: 13040, ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms13040
Nature Communications 7 2019-07-23
2016 C. Li, T. Griffiths, T. J. Pennycook, C. Mangler, P. Je??bek, J. Meyer, G. Habler, R. Abart
The structure of a propagating MgAl 2 O 4 /MgO interface: linked atomic- and ?m-scale mechanisms of interface motion
published pages: 2488-2503, ISSN: 1478-6435, DOI: 10.1080/14786435.2016.1205233
Philosophical Magazine 96/23 2019-07-23
2017 Bernhard C. Bayer, Sabina Caneva, Timothy J. Pennycook, Jani Kotakoski, Clemens Mangler, Stephan Hofmann, Jannik C. Meyer
Introducing Overlapping Grain Boundaries in Chemical Vapor Deposited Hexagonal Boron Nitride Monolayer Films
published pages: 4521-4527, ISSN: 1936-0851, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.6b08315
ACS Nano 11/5 2019-07-23
2017 Giacomo Argentero, Andreas Mittelberger, Mohammad Reza Ahmadpour Monazam, Yang Cao, Timothy J. Pennycook, Clemens Mangler, Christian Kramberger, Jani Kotakoski, A. K. Geim, Jannik C. Meyer
Unraveling the 3D Atomic Structure of a Suspended Graphene/hBN van der Waals Heterostructure
published pages: 1409-1416, ISSN: 1530-6984, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b04360
Nano Letters 17/3 2019-07-23
2017 Rasim Mirzayev, Kimmo Mustonen, Mohammad R.A. Monazam, Andreas Mittelberger, Timothy J. Pennycook, Clemens Mangler, Toma Susi, Jani Kotakoski, Jannik C. Meyer
Buckyball sandwiches
published pages: e1700176, ISSN: 2375-2548, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700176
Science Advances Vol 3 no. 6 2019-07-23
2016 Maria O?Brien, Niall McEvoy, Carlo Motta, Jian-Yao Zheng, Nina C Berner, Jani Kotakoski, Kenan Elibol, Timothy J Pennycook, Jannik C Meyer, Chanyoung Yim, Mohamed Abid, Toby Hallam, John F Donegan, Stefano Sanvito, Georg S Duesberg
Raman characterization of platinum diselenide thin films
published pages: 21004, ISSN: 2053-1583, DOI: 10.1088/2053-1583/3/2/021004
2D Materials 3/2 2019-07-23
2017 Toma Susi, Trevor P Hardcastle, Hans Hofs?ss, Andreas Mittelberger, Timothy J Pennycook, Clemens Mangler, Rik Drummond-Brydson, Andrew J Scott, Jannik C Meyer, Jani Kotakoski
Single-atom spectroscopy of phosphorus dopants implanted into graphene
published pages: 21013, ISSN: 2053-1583, DOI: 10.1088/2053-1583/aa5e78
2D Materials 4/2 2019-07-23
2016 H. Yang, R. N. Rutte, L. Jones, M. Simson, R. Sagawa, H. Ryll, M. Huth, T. J. Pennycook, M.L.H. Green, H. Soltau, Y. Kondo, B. G. Davis, P. D. Nellist
Simultaneous atomic-resolution electron ptychography and Z-contrast imaging of light and heavy elements in complex nanostructures
published pages: 12532, ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms12532
Nature Communications 7 2019-07-23

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