A Revolution in Electron Microscopy


  • John Meurig Thomas Prof. Sir

    1. Department of Materials Science, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 3QZ, UK, Fax: (+44) 1223-334-567
    2. The Davy Faraday Laboratory, Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle St., London WIS 4BS, UK
    3. The NanoCenter, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, USA
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  • I am grateful to Professors K. D. M. Harris, R. M. Glaeser, and J. C. H. Spence for stimulating discussions.


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Ultrafast electron microscopy is a versatile technique that allows images and diffraction patterns of crystalline and amorphous materials as well as images of biological cells to be measured (see picture). Advances in the domain of time-resolved electron microscopy and the potential of the technique in various applications are discussed.