On the growth of small crystals of Cd, Zn, Pt and Rh during electron microscope observations

Amanda K. Petford-Long*, David J. Smith, L. R. Wallenberg, J. O. Bovin

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Abstract

The growth of small supported metal crystals under the influence of an electron beam has been studied in real-time using a 400 keV ultra-high-resolution electron microscope. Samples of Pt, Rh, Cd and Zn supported on amorphous C or Si films were prepared ex situ and crystal growth in situ was recorded directly using a TV imaging/video system attached to the microscope. The different types of observed crystal growth are reported: the fcc metals (Pt and Rh) grow by coalescence, or by the addition of atoms along the particle surface followed by structural rearrangements which result in approximately spherical particles. The hcp metals (Cd and Zn) grow in the form of long rafts along the surface of the substrate film.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)218-224
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Crystal Growth
Volume80
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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