An innovative device studies gold nanoparticles in depth

EPFL NEWS – 2016

Ultrafast Electron Diffraction exploits the high sensitivity that electrons have for interacting with matter. A unique UED device developed by Giulia Mancini and Fabrizio Carbone (EPFL), in collaboration with Jom Luiten (TU/e) and Tatiana Latychevskaia (PSI), can study monolayers and very thin samples containing light elements, e.g. hydrogen and carbon. And when it comes to dense aggregates and small molecules, the small-angle time-resolved electron diffractometer can achieve the extreme sensitivity of a traditional Free Electron Laser, but at a fraction of the cost. This set-up is a reference for the implementation of new similar set-ups or the upgrade of pre-existing ones worldwide

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