Nanostructural Characterization of Semiconductors with SEM

On-Demand Session - 46 Minutes

Quantitative Analysis of Nanostructured Semiconducting Materials in the Scanning Electron Microscope

This webinar will discuss the quantitative characterization of nanostructured semiconducting materials using Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) with Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS) and Transmission Kikuchi Diffraction (TKD) techniques.

We will investigate the microstructure and elemental composition of multilayered semiconductor materials using FEG-SEM. Crystallographic information of these thin multilayers are useful to predict or enhance the physical, chemical, interfacial  and electronic properties of such devices. However, their crystallographic study is challenging because these materials have complex and heterogenous architecture with ultrafine grain size and are e-beam sensitive. Here we present the benefit of using transmitted orientation contrast imaging and mapping with the SEM. Using application examples on CPU, SSD and CIGS solar cells, we demonstrate the analytical capabilities of on-axis TKD technique to characterize semiconducting multilayers at the nanoscale.

This webinar will conclude with a 15-minute Q&A session where our experts will answer your questions.

Who Should Attend

  • SEM users of all levels interested in characterization of nanostructured materials
  • FIB/SEM microscopists interested in advanced analytical techniques

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STEM-DF image of a CIGS solar cell (FIB lamella)
EDS map of a smartphone CPU showing elemental distribution of different components


Dr. Laurie Palasse

Senior Application Scientist EBSD, Bruker Nano Analytics

Purvesh Soni

Application Scientist, Bruker Nano Analytics