Image: (Left) Professor Albert Polman, (FOM Institute AMOLF and University of Amsterdam), inventor of the SPARC cathodoluminescence system, and (Right) Dr Sander den Hoedt, (CEO, DELMIC BV) open the Monash facility.
Original Published Date: 
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

With funding from the ARC, the Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy (MCEM) has commissioned a new piece of equipment providing Monash and other national and international researchers with a world-class tool to conduct their research. The high-performance cathodoluminescence (CL) system comes from Delmic B.V., a Dutch based company that produces correlative light and electron microscopy solutions. Many materials, such as semiconductors, solar cells, plasmonic devices, nanoparticles, pharmaceuticals, and geological specimens, emit light when stimulated with radiation. A CL system contains a scanning electron microscope, which uses a focussed probe of electrons to stimulate light emission. This creates a unique high-resolution tool which allows characterisation of the composition and optical and electronic properties of materials at the nanoscale. Director of MCEM, Professor Joanne Etheridge, said the capabilities of the new system are powerful. “The system provides vital information about a range of materials that we could not obtain any other way.”

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