Electron energy loss spectroscopy of Na in Na, Na2O, and silicate glasses

Nan Jiang, D. Su, John Spence, S. Zhou, J. Qiu

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Measuring Na in silicate glasses can be difficult in transmission electron microscopy due to modifications induced by electron irradiation. The modifications involve not only the loss of Na from the illuminated region, but also the formation of Na and Na2O. This work compares the electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) of plasmon and Na L23 edge in Na2O-SiO2 glass with those in Na and Na2O. The interpretations of the fine structures in Na L23 edge were also given with the aid of full multiple-scattering calculations. It demonstrates that the formation of metallic Na can be easily identified by its bulk plasmon at about 5.8 eV, and the formation of Na2O can be better seen by Na L23-edge fine structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2467-2471
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Materials Research
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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