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Nanosecond-Resolved Electron Spectroscopies

Vendredi 13 janvier à 15:00, Minatec, Salle de séminaire B104, bâtiment BCA51B, CEA-Grenoble 

Publié le 13 janvier 2023
Luiz H. G. Tizei
Université Paris-Saclay, CNRS, Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, Orsay, France
Fast electrons spectroscopies have had huge success for nano-optics [1]. For phase-locked excitations (e. g. surface plasmons) electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) is an optical extinction analogue and cathodoluminescence (CL) that of optical scattering [2]. For "incoherent" excitations, EELS also measures optical extinction for atomically thin materials [3, 4, 5], while CL measures spectra similar to off-resonance CL [3]. Despite clear benefits (link to structural and chemical information, atomic-scale spatial resolution and broadband excitation), electron spectroscopies have some penalties which limit applications to nano-optics: lack of resonant excitation and polarization degrees of freedom and still limited spectral resolution (EELS). In this seminar, we will discuss how temporally resolved spectroscopies can mitigate some of these issues. The lack of excitation energy control can be circumvented by measuring the energy lost by each electron in time coincidence EELS-CL experiments. This has been achieved using a nanosecond-resolved direct electron detector (Timepix3) [6], correlation electronics and a PMT. The information retrieved here is analogous to that of photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy (PLE), hence we name it cathodoluminescence excitation spectroscopy (CLE) [7]. With it, we explored the relative quantum efficiency of different excitation energies and decay pathways towards 4.1 eV defect photon emission in h-BN flakes [7].

[1] F. J. García de Abajo, Rev. Mod. Phys. 82, 209 (2010).
[2] A. Losquin, et al., Nano Lett. 15, 1229 (2015).
[3] N. Bonnet, et al., Nano Lett. 21, 10178 (2021).
[4] F. Shao, et al., Phys. Rev. Mater. 6, 074005 (2022).
[5] S. Y. Woo, et al., in preparation (2022).
[6] Y. Auad, et al., Ultramicroscopy 239, 113539 (2021).
[7] N. Varkentina, et al., arXiv:2202.12520 (2022).

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