In cathodoluminescence imaging, an electron beam is used to excite nanostructures and the cathodoluminescence detector is subsequently used to detect the produced light.
Cathodoluminescence emission can be used to explore many fundamental properties of matter. It can be used to study light transport, scattering, electronic structure of a material, resonant phenomena and much more. It thus presents a valuable source of information for fundamental research as well as applied research with a direct link to industry.
The SPARC is a high-performance cathodoluminescence detection system that is designed and produced by Delmic. With this system, Delmic offers a unique solution for cathodoluminescence imaging.
In this presentation, we share the knowledge about the cathodoluminescence technique and point out the key advantages of using cathodoluminescence imaging in different areas.
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• Cathodoluminescence (CL) is the
process whereby light is generated
when an electron beam hits a
• Cathodoluminescence imaging is an
analytical technique that combines
functional optical information with
the superior spatial resolution of
Why Cathodoluminescence is important?
Cathodoluminescence emission is used to study the fundamental
properties of matter:
• Light transport
• Electronic structure of a material (e.g. bandgap, defects)
• Resonant phenomena
Cathodoluminescence is therefore a valuable source of information
for fundamental research, as well as applied research in industry (e.g.
metrology, failure analysis)
Key advantages of Cathodoluminescence imaging
Using electrons as an optical excitation source
has several advantages:
• Overcoming the diffraction limit: high
excitation resolution (1 – 10 nm precision)
• Measurements are performed with an
electron microscope environment
• Can be used to correlate nanoscale
geometrical features with the optical
Application Areas - Geology
CL presents a valuable technique for
fundamental sedimentary, metamorphic,
and igneous rock studies but also for
more applied studies on ores, precious
gems, reservoir rocks, and construction
Application Areas - Nanophotonics
CL imaging is a powerful method for studying optical phenomena at the nanoscale.
It is applicable to metallic as well as dielectric and semiconductor nanostructures.
These structures find applications in (bio)sensing, fluorescence enhancement, non-linear optics,
low-threshold steam generation, LED’s, solar cells, integrated photonics, lasers and much more.
Application Areas – Materials Science
CL can be used to study ceramics, dielectrics and semiconductors (both in bulk and nanostructur
ed materials) and to determine their light-emitting properties at the nanoscale.
This is useful for many functional materials, including scintillators, phosphors, high-power electr
onics light-emitting-diodes, diode lasers and solar cells.
Cathodoluminescence SEM – The SPARC
The SPARC is a high-performance Cathodoluminescence Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) that
is produced and designed by Delmic.
The system is ideal for the optimal collection and detection of cathodoluminescence emission,
enabling fast and sensitive material characterization at the nanoscale.
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Highlights of the SPARC
• Modular design
• UV/VIS/NIR optics and detectors
• Calibration light source
• Fiber coupling
• Photomultiplier tube for intensity mapping
Optical module Grating turret
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