Transmission electron microscope specimen preparation of Zn powders using the focused ion beam lift-out technique
Abbreviated Journal Title
Metall. Mater. Trans. A-Phys. Metall. Mater. Sci.
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary; Metallurgy & Metallurgical; Engineering
Particles of Zn powder have been studied to show that high-quality scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) specimens can be rapidly produced from a site-specific region on a chosen particle by the focused ion beam (FIB) lift-out technique. A TEM specimen approximately 20-mu m long by 5-mu m wide was milled to electron transparency, extracted from the bulk particle, and micromanipulated onto a carbon coated copper mesh TEM grid. Using the FIB lift-out method, we were able to prepare a site-specific TEM specimen from a difficult material in under 3 hours. The TEM analysis of the lift-out specimen revealed a large amount of thin area free from characteristic signs of damage that may be observed as a result of conventional argon ion milling. The overall microstructure of the specimen prepared by the FIB lift-out method was consistent with samples prepared by conventional metallographic methods. A grain size of similar to 10 to 20 mu m was observed in all specimens by both TEM and SEM analysis. Light optical microscopy revealed the presence of internal voids in similar to 10 to 20 pct of all particles. The SEM analysis showed the voids to extend over similar to 70 pct of the particle volume in some cases.
Metallurgical and Materials Transactions a-Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science
"Transmission electron microscope specimen preparation of Zn powders using the focused ion beam lift-out technique" (1998). Faculty Bibliography 1990s. 2407.