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Coherent low-energy electron diffraction on individual nanometer sized objects


Steinwand, E; Longchamp, J N; Fink, H W (2011). Coherent low-energy electron diffraction on individual nanometer sized objects. Ultramicroscopy, 111(4):282-284.

Abstract

Today's structural biology techniques require averaging over millions of molecules to obtain detailed structural information. Derivation of the molecular structure from a scattering experiment with just one single 3D-molecule imposes major challenges. Coherent and damage-free radiation is needed to ensure sufficient elastic scattering events before destroying the molecule and a means to solve the phase problem is wanted. We have devised such a scheme using coherent low-energy electrons shaped into a collimated beam by an electrostatic microlens. Initial experiments using a carbon nanotube sample demonstrate the feasibility of coherent low-energy electron diffraction on an individual nanometer-sized object.

Today's structural biology techniques require averaging over millions of molecules to obtain detailed structural information. Derivation of the molecular structure from a scattering experiment with just one single 3D-molecule imposes major challenges. Coherent and damage-free radiation is needed to ensure sufficient elastic scattering events before destroying the molecule and a means to solve the phase problem is wanted. We have devised such a scheme using coherent low-energy electrons shaped into a collimated beam by an electrostatic microlens. Initial experiments using a carbon nanotube sample demonstrate the feasibility of coherent low-energy electron diffraction on an individual nanometer-sized object.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute
Dewey Decimal Classification:530 Physics
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:18 Feb 2011 12:05
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:46
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0304-3991
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ultramic.2010.12.018
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-45725

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