Improvement of a high-energy-resolution, lanthanum hexaboride nanowire-based area emission gun
The Nationwide Institute for Supplies Science (NIMS) and JEOL, Ltd. have developed a lanthanum hexaboride (LaB6) nanowire-based area emission gun that’s installable on an aberration-corrected transmission electron microscope (TEM). This mixed unit is ready to carry out atomic decision commentary at an vitality decision of 0.2 eV—the very best decision ever recorded for non-monochromatic electron weapons—with a excessive present stability of 0.4%.
Unsuccessful efforts have been made for greater than 20 years to develop area emission weapons utilizing theoretically high-performance nano supplies. It has been discovered difficult to combine a nanowire-based area emission gun into an electron microscope with out undermining its bodily properties, akin to lives and stability. For that reason, commercially obtainable area emission weapons are nonetheless outfitted with tungsten needles developed greater than half a century in the past.
This NIMS-JEOL analysis staff (1) developed strategies to chemically synthesize and develop high-purity, single-crystal nanowires of LaB6, recognized to be a wonderful electron-emitting scorching cathode materials, (2) designed an electron supply mechanism able to effectively emitting electrons and (3) developed strategies to extract a single nanowire and combine it into an optimized electron supply construction.
The LaB6 nanowire-based electron supply has a number of benefits: comparatively reasonable vacuum situation necessities, very excessive present stability, low extraction voltage, slender electron beam vitality distribution width and excessive brightness. This electron supply could also be relevant to the event of next-generation area emission electron microscopes with larger spatial and vitality decision—doubtlessly beneficial instruments within the semiconductor and medical fields.
The analysis was revealed in Nature Nanotechnology.
An ultra-bright and extremely coherent electron supply developed for electron-beam analytical instrument
Han Zhang et al, Excessive-endurance micro-engineered LaB6 nanowire electron supply for high-resolution electron microscopy, Nature Nanotechnology (2021). DOI: 10.1038/s41565-021-00999-w
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