The in situ annealing observation in transmission electron microscope (TEM) is one of the effective methods for imaging thermally induced microstructural changes. For applying this dynamical characterization to bulk samples fabricated by ion-milling, electropolishing or focused ion beam (FIB) mill, it is generally needed to use a heating-pot type system. We here report an initial trial to improve the spatial and temporal resolution during the in-situ annealing observation of bulk samples using a spherical aberration corrected (AC) TEM with a new thermal control unit. The information limit of 1.5Å and the point resolution of 2.0Å are achieved under isothermal annealing at 350°C, which is the same resolution at room temperature, and it is affected strongly of sample drift by the temperature variation. The sample is heated at a heating rate of +1.0°C/s, the drift distance observed by a TV readout speed CCD camera is less than 2.0 Å/s.
- atomic resolution
- in situ heating
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Structural Biology
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging