Imaging and spectroscopy at atomic resolution enables researchers to address fundamental challenges about the organization of materials, atom by atom. Consequently, the instrument has a leading role in the Swedish National Infrastructure in Electron Microscopy, ARC.
Ångströmhuset is also the primary environment of the Electron Microscopy of Materials group at LiU, which represents a very strong and able user base for this microscope. The core group consist of materials scientists, with a dedication to, and specialization in electron microscopy.
The microscope is a FEI Titan3 60-300 with image and probe Cs correctors and a monochromated high brightness XFEG gun. Ångströmhuset is an ideal and noise free environment, which continuously enables supreme spatial and energy resolution. Available detectors include the large solid angle Super-X EDX and the Gatan Quantum ERS energy loss filter.
Research topics include 2D materials MXenes (and their parent nanolaminated phases MAX phases) as well as graphene, wide bandgap semiconductors, nanoparticles, nanorods, quantum device structures, as well as nitride and carbide composites or single crystals for hard coatings.
Commonly investigated materials include:
- nanolaminated MAX phases
- 2D materials, graphene, MXene
- wide bandgap semiconductors, SiC, AlN, GaN
- nanoparticles, nanorods, quantum device structures
- nitrides, carbides for hard coatings, including nanocomposites, multilayers and single crystals
The environment is a purpose built laboratory for the next generation of advanced microscopes. The house delivers one of the best available environments for cutting edge microscopy.
The core of the building is protected by a Faraday cage, 30 cm of concrete walls, a base cast directly on bedrock and an excessive cooling system.
Environmental conditions (with microscope installed)