Shedding new light on nanomaterials by capturing the light they emit
The increasing need for detailed characterisation of nanomaterials is pushing the resolution limits of microscopic and spectroscopic techniques. Cathodoluminescence (CL) microscopes combine electron microscopy and optical spectroscopy, using a cathode ray source to generate an electron beam that excites a material, which fluoresces as it returns to a ground state. CL microscopes are currently costly and require a lot of space and complex auxiliary systems. The EU-funded TOPCL project is developing a cost-effective tabletop version with innovative light collection capabilities and analysis that will enable optical images at spatial resolutions as small as 20 nm. The new technology will enhance accessibility and fuel nano-characterisation in many fields.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeERC-POC - Proof of Concept Grant
3526 KV Utrecht
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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.