Cathodoluminescence imaging on quartz in sandstone

CL intensity mapping: ideal imaging technique for geological samples

Posted by Delmic on May 30, 2019 11:49:00 AM

One of the fastest and most straightforward techniques for understanding the composition and structure of geological samples is intensity mapping. What is it exactly? This imaging mode allows quickly obtaining cathodoluminescence contrast of the sample by acquiring CL intensity for every beam position. 

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The most modular cathodoluminescence detector: The SPARC

Posted by Delmic on May 15, 2019 1:30:00 PM



When adding the new equipment to the lab, it is important to consider a lot of various factors. One of such factors is how much experimental freedom the new system can offer. Not only it has to be configured specifically to cater your scientific needs, but also, ideally, it has to be modular in order to change as your experiments evolve. 

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What is Hyperspectral Cathodoluminescence?

Posted by Delmic on Apr 24, 2019 1:09:00 PM

For the past few weeks we have been focusing on possibilities of cathodoluminescence imaging of the SPARC CL detector. In this post we describe hyperspectral cathodoluminescence, which is a powerful tool for wavelength spectrum visualisation. 

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Spectrally and angular-resolved cathodoluminescence explained

Posted by Delmic on Mar 27, 2019 2:20:00 PM

What is spectrally and angular-resolved(also known as energy-momentum) CL?

In the last blog post we explained angle-resolved cathodoluminescence imaging, a technique which is used to acquire angular profiles and gain a better understanding of materials' optical properties. The imaging technique that we are focusing on this week combines information acquired with angle-resolved imaging and high-resolution spectroscopy. This technique is called Lens-scanning energy-momentum(LSEK) Imaging, or full Angle-Resolved Spectroscopy, and it allows collecting a full emission spectrum for each emission angle. This new imaging technique is now available with the SPARC system. Keep reading if you would like to understand how it works and what results can be achieved.

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What is Angle-Resolved Cathodoluminescence?

Posted by Delmic on Mar 15, 2019 1:05:00 PM

In our last blog post we presented all six cathodoluminescence imaging modes that can be used with our SPARC detector to analyse and observe samples. In this blog post we are going to focus on angle-resolved cathodoluminescence, a technique which allows to create angular profiles of the samples.

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6 imaging modes of cathodoluminescence detector

Posted by Delmic on Feb 27, 2019 2:18:00 PM

Cathodoluminescence is a great tool for obtaining valuable information about the properties of a sample. This data can help researchers and developers get a better understanding of possible defects, efficiency of the material and other properties. 

The SPARC cathodoluminescence detector has 6 imaging modes which can enhance your research and provide you with an important information about your samples. Keep reading if you would like to know what exactly is possible with these modes!

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How to study properties of rare-earth doped materials with cathodoluminescence

Posted by Delmic on Feb 20, 2019 3:09:00 PM

Rare-earth elements, also known as REE, are a group of elements, consisting of scandium, yttrium and 15 lanthanide elements. In the last decades there has been a significant growth in the number of devices that use rare-earth metals. They can be found in a wide range of technological areas and are commonly used in lighting and displays, CT scanners and electron microscopes, (fiber) lasers and amplifiers, anti-cancer agents, fluorescent markers, batteries, magnets and catalysists. Rare-earth elements are crucial for modern-day technology and it is important to study rare-earth doped materials at nanoscale to understand them better.

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How to Overcome Challenges of Perovskite Solar Cells Industry?

Posted by Delmic on Jan 22, 2019 1:00:00 PM

If you are working in the field of photovoltaics or optoelectronics, you know that perovskites, a group of materials that have ABX3 composition and a perovskite structure, have gained quite a lot of interest due to their exceptional performance in solar cell, light-emitting diode, laser, and water splitting devices.

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Studying formation of sedimentary rocks and crystallization histories of sapphires with the same technique: cathodoluminescence

Posted by Delmic on Dec 18, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Studying formation of sedimentary rocks, observing changes in the chemical composition of zircons, and understanding underlying causes for luminescence of sapphires: all of these are possible with one versatile technique. Cathodoluminescence (CL) is a very useful method of data acquisition in geosciences as it reveals information not readily provided by other techniques.

The excitation of electrons in the sample that produces the light seen through a cathodoluminescence system occurs in specific chemical impurities or intrinsic defects within a geological structure.

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New possibilities for studying (compound) semiconductors with cathodoluminescence and time-resolved imaging techniques

Posted by Delmic on Nov 9, 2018 9:55:14 AM

In the last few decades, electronic devices have become more and more important in our lives, and semiconductors are a crucial part of this technology innovation. A semiconductor is a generic term for materials, normally solid chemical elements, that can conduct current, but only partly. A semiconductor has a conductivity which is between that of an insulator with almost no conductivity, and a conductor with almost full conductivity.

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