Valence electron energy-loss spectroscopy of nanoporous MgO

N. Jiang, D. Su, John Spence, A. Howie

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This work reports experimental evidence for a redshift in the main peak in the valence electron energy loss spectrum of nanoporous MgO. An interpretation is given based on effective-medium response theory. We find that the main peak energy depends on the density of nanopores within the illuminated area. As a result, by combining electron energy loss spectroscopy with transmission electron microscopy imaging, the loss peak position may be used to measure the porosity of nanoporous materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number253105
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number25
StatePublished - 2009

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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