Ultrafast Electron Crystallography: The Dawn of a New Era


  • John Meurig Thomas Prof. Dr. Sir

    1. Davy Faraday Laboratory of the Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS, UK, and, Department of Materials Science, University of Cambridge, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QZ, UK, Fax: (+44) 1223-334-567
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Submonolayer sensitivity, spatial resolutions of 0.02 Å, and time resolutions of less than 1 ps are key features of the latest developments in electron crystallography, a method that allows the determination of the structures of solid surfaces (see picture). The road to this powerful technique and a comparison with complementary structure-determination techniques are discussed.