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Ultrafast electron energy-loss spectroscopy in transmission electron microscopy

  • Enrico Pomarico (a1), Ye-Jin Kim (a2), F. Javier García de Abajo (a3), Oh-Hoon Kwon (a4), Fabrizio Carbone (a5) and Renske M. van der Veen (a6)...

In the quest for dynamic multimodal probing of a material’s structure and functionality, it is critical to be able to quantify the chemical state on the atomic-/nanoscale using element-specific electronic and structurally sensitive tools such as electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS). Ultrafast EELS, with combined energy, time, and spatial resolution in a transmission electron microscope, has recently enabled transformative studies of photoexcited nanostructure evolution and mapping of evanescent electromagnetic fields. This article aims to describe state-of-the-art experimental techniques in this emerging field and its major uses and future applications.

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