Published online by Cambridge University Press: 07 August 2002
Very high angle (~100 mrad) annular dark-field (HAADF) images in a dedicated scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) can be used to quantitatively measure the number of atoms in a cluster on a support material. We have developed a computer program which will automatically find the location of the particles and then integrate the intensity to find the number of atoms per cluster. We have examined ultra-small Pt clusters on a C substrate by this novel mass-spectroscopic technique. We discovered that the Pt clusters maintain their three-dimensional shape, and are probably spherical.
J.M. Gibson is now at Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439.
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