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yy Cathodoluminescence in the scanning transmission electron microscope

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Kociak, M. ; Zagonel, L. F.
Total Authors: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: ULTRAMICROSCOPY; v. 176, n. SI, p. 112-131, MAY 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 26

Cathodoluminescence (CL) is a powerful tool for the investigation of optical properties of materials. In recent years, its combination with scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) has demonstrated great success in unveiling new physics in the field of plasmonics and quantum emitters. Most of these results were not imaginable even twenty years ago, due to conceptual and technical limitations. The purpose of this review is to present the recent advances that broke these limitations, and the new possibilities offered by the modern STEM-CL technique. We first introduce the different STEM-CL operating modes and the technical specificities in STEM-CL instrumentation. Two main classes of optical excitations, namely the coherent one (typically plasmons) and the incoherent one (typically light emission from quantum emitters) are investigated with STEM-CL. For these two main classes, we describe both the physics of light production under electron beam irradiation and the physical basis for interpreting STEM-CL experiments. We then compare STEM-CL with its better known sister techniques: scanning electron microscope CL, photoluminescence, and electron energy-loss spectroscopy. We finish by comprehensively reviewing recent STEM-CL applications. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 12/10127-5 - Research and development of nanostructured materials for electronic and surface physics applications
Grantee:Fernando Alvarez
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 14/23399-9 - Heterostructures in semiconducting nanowires: nanometric light emitters studied by scanning tunnelling microscopy
Grantee:Luiz Fernando Zagonel
Support type: Research Grants - Young Investigators Grants