2015 Research Highlights, Success in visualizing light elements such as lithium at the atomic level

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AIST has succeeded in visualizing light elements including lithium at the level of individual atoms by combining low-acceleration electron microscopes and electron energy loss spectroscopy.


When compounds of light elements are observed under electron microscopes, light elements are repelled by electron beams, and the compounds break down easily. In this research, AIST succeeded in observing monoatomic lithium, sodium, fluorine, and chlorine by using carbon nanotubes and fullerenes as shield materials to confine light elements and compounds containing light elements inside them and reduce the damage from electron beams.



Ryousuke Senga, Researcher  
Ryousuke Senga
Electron Microscopy Group, Nanomaterials Research Institute

AIST Tsukuba Central 5, 1-1-1 Higashi, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8569, Japan

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