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Low loss EELS and EFTEM study of Bi2Te3 based bulk and nanomaterials

  • N. Peranio (a1), Z. Aabdin (a1), W. Töllner (a2), M. Winkler (a3), J. König (a3), O. Eibl (a1), K. Nielsch (a2) and H. Böttner (a3)...

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Energy-filtered transmission electron microscopy (EFTEM) yields new possibilities for the investigation of Bi2Te3 based nanomaterials. Combined low-loss electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) and energy-dispersive x-ray microanalysis (EDS) and energy-filtered TEM were applied on a Zeiss 912Ω TEM to investigate nanowires, thin films, and bulk materials. Multilayered Bi-Sb-Te nanowires with a diameter of 65 nm and a period of 200 nm and stoichiometric Bi2Te3 nanowires were grown by potential-pulsed electrochemical deposition. Tellurium elemental maps of the multilayered nanowires were obtained by two-window edge-jump ratio images (EJI). EDS chemical analysis showed that small Te fluctuations of 3 at.% yielded significant contrast in EJI. Energy-filtered TEM applied on nano-alloyed Bi2Te3 thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) revealed 10-20 nm thick Bi-rich blocking layers at grain boundaries. Plasmon spectroscopy by EELS was applied on Bi2(Te0.91Se0.09)3 bulk and yielded a plasmon energy of 16.9 eV. Finally, plasmon dispersion was measured for Bi2(Te0.91Se0.09)3 bulk by angle-resolved EELS, which yields a fingerprint of the anisotropy and the dimensionality of the electronic structure of the materials.

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Low loss EELS and EFTEM study of Bi2Te3 based bulk and nanomaterials

  • N. Peranio (a1), Z. Aabdin (a1), W. Töllner (a2), M. Winkler (a3), J. König (a3), O. Eibl (a1), K. Nielsch (a2) and H. Böttner (a3)...

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