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Adaptive transmission electron microscopy: development of a programmable phase plate

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address: PRINSSTRAAT 13
postcode: 2000

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Total cost 148˙500 €
 EC max contribution 148˙500 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-PoC
 Funding Scheme ERC-POC
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-03-01   to  2019-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN BE (ANTWERPEN) coordinator 148˙500.00


 Project objective

Adaptive optics, the technology to dynamically program the phase of optical waves has sparked an avalanche of scientific discoveries and innovations in light optics applications. Nowadays, the phase of optical waves can be dynamically programmed providing research on exotic optical beams and unprecedented control over the performance of optical instruments. Although electron waves carry many similarities in comparison to their optical counterparts, a generic programmable phase plate for electrons is still missing. This project aims at developing a prototype of a programmable electrostatic phase plate that allows the user to freely change the phase of electron waves and demonstrate it to potential licensees for further upscaling and introduction to the market. The target of this POC project is the realization of a tunable easy-to-use 5x5-pixel prototype that will demonstrate the potential of adaptive optics in electron microscopy. Its realization will be based on lithographic technology to allow for future upscaling. It is expected that such a phase plate can dramatically increase the information obtained at a given electron dose, limiting the detrimental effects of beam damage that currently hinders the use of electron microscopy in e.g. life sciences. As such, it has the potential to disrupt the electron microscopy market with novel applications while at the same time reducing cost and complexity and increasing the potential for fully automated instruments.


year authors and title journal last update
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2018 Jo Verbeeck, Armand Béché, Knut Müller-Caspary, Giulio Guzzinati, Minh Anh Luong, Martien Den Hertog
Demonstration of a 2 × 2 programmable phase plate for electrons
published pages: 58-65, ISSN: 0304-3991, DOI: 10.1016/j.ultramic.2018.03.017
Ultramicroscopy 190 2020-01-29

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