One-dimensional (1D) nanostructures have been regarded as the most promising building blocks for nanoelectronics and nanocomposite material systems as well as for alternative energy applications . Magnetic nanowires with circular cross-section, are of utmost importance from theoretical and technological aspects . 1D carbon-based nanostructures such as carbon nanotubes are amongst the best candidates for field emission displays and new high-brightness electron sources . The confinement effects in 1D nanostructures can alter their properties and subsequently their behavior significantly. Hence it is necessary to understand the strong effect of their size on their three-dimensional (3D) properties such as the magnetic and electric fields associated with nanowires and nanotubes completely before they can be used in applications. There are currently very few methods, which have the capability to visualize the complete 3D fields associated with nanowires. In this work, we show that using a combination of symmetry arguments and electron-optical phase shift data obtained using TEM, it is possible to recover the entire 3D magnetic or electric field in and around nanowires and nanotubes from a single image.
The phase change φe+φm of an electron wave traveling through a thin foil can be expressed in terms of tomographic quantities . The phase shift can be recovered experimentally using various techniques such as transport-of-intensity based methods or off-axis electron holography. Nominally, determining the 3D magnetic field or 3D elestrostatic potential requires recording a series of phase shift images as the sample is tilted about its axis. However, in a 1D nanostructure such as a nanocylinder that is uniformly magnetized along its long axis, the magnetic field possesses cylindrical symmetry with respect to the long axis. Similarly, carbon nanotubes under applied bias exhibit a cylindrically symmetric potential and electric field. Exploiting these conditions of cylindrical symmetry, we can reconstruct the full 3D magnetic or electric field associated with a nanowire from a single phase image using the inverse Abel transform. Simulations were performed for a uniformly magnetized sphere, which also possesses cylindrical symmetry to analyze the fidelty of the reconstruction algorithm. Fig. 1(a) shows the magnetic phase shift of such a uniformly magnetized sphere, (b) shows the derivative with respective to the horizontal axis (∂φm/∂x) showing the cylindrical symmetry, and (c) the 3D reconstructed magnetic induction using the single image method developed in this work. Experiments were performed on nickel nanowires that were uniformly magnetized to reconstruct the 3D magnetic induction. Similarly the 3D electric field was reconstructed from in-situ biased carbon cone nanotips under varying applied bias.
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To cite this abstract:Charudatta Phatak, Ludvig De Knoop, Florent Houdellier, Martin Hytch, Aurélien Masseboeuf; Vectorial field tomography from single projection for cylindrically symmetric nanostructures. The 16th European Microscopy Congress, Lyon, France. https://emc-proceedings.com/abstract/vectorial-field-tomography-from-single-projection-for-cylindrically-symmetric-nanostructures/. Accessed: September 21, 2023
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