High-resolution chemical imaging of gold nanoparticles using hard x-ray ptychography

R. Hoppe, J. Reinhardt, G. Hofmann, J. Patommel, J.-D. Grunwaldt, Christian Danvad Damsgaard, G. Wellenreuther, G. Falkenberg, C. G. Schroer

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    We combine resonant scattering with (ptychographic) scanning coherent diffraction microscopy to determine the chemical state of gold nanoparticles with high spatial resolution. Ptychographic images of the sample are recorded for a series of energies around the gold L3 absorption edge. From these data, chemical information in the form of absorption and resonant scattering spectra is reconstructed at each location in the sample. For gold nanoparticles of about 100 nm diameter, a spatial resolution of about 20-30 nm is obtained. In the future, this microscopy approach will open the way to operando studies of heterogeneous catalysts on the nanometer scale.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number203104
    JournalApplied Physics Letters
    Issue number20
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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    Copyright 2013 American Institute of Physics. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Institute of Physics. The following article appeared in Applied Physics Letters / Volume 102 / Issue 20 and may be found at http://apl.aip.org.globalproxy.cvt.dk/resource/1/applab/v102/i20/p203104_s1.


    • Coherent scattering
    • Metal nanoparticles
    • Gold


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