Early Images from our New Merlin and Bruker EBSD system

Our new Zeiss Merlin FEG-SEM and High Resolution Bruker EBSD system have been installed. Arantxa Vilalte-Clemente and Hamidreza Abdolvand are getting to grips with the new instrument with help from Gabriella Chapman and Gareth Hughes in the EM research Support Group. A few days in and they already has some initial images of atomic terraces on GaN surfaces and threading dislocations making up mosiac cells in a thin InAlN film. These were obtained with the forescatter detectors on the Bruker EBSD system, with the sample highly tilted to the normal EBSD geometry.

GaN atomic steps

This shows terraces and atomic steps on a (0001} GaN surface. Dislocations show as dot like features at the ends of the atomic steps.

InAlN mosaic
Here the contrast indicates the small misorientations in the mosaic cell structure in a ~10nm thick (0001} InAlN layer. Dislocations can be seen along the edges of the cells.

Related References

Electron backscatter diffraction and electron channeling contrast imaging of tilt and dislocations in nitride thin films
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Physical Review B, (2007), vol. 75, 085301

Characterisation of nitride thin films by electron backscatter diffraction and electron channelling contrast imaging
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