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Decrypting Material Performance by Wide-field Femtosecond Interferometric Imaging of Energy Carrier Evolution
mediaposted on 2022-07-22, 13:04 authored by Pin-Tian Lyu, Qing-Yue Li, Pei Wu, Chao Sun, Bin Kang, Hong-Yuan Chen, Jing-Juan Xu
Energy carrier evolution is crucial for material performance. Ultrafast microscopy has been widely applied to visualize the spatiotemporal evolution of energy carriers. However, direct imaging of a small amount of energy carriers on the nanoscale remains difficult due to extremely weak transient signals. Here, we present a method for ultrasensitive and high-throughput imaging of energy carrier evolution in space and time. This method combines femtosecond pump–probe techniques with interferometric scattering microscopy (iSCAT), named Femto-iSCAT. The interferometric principle and unique spatially modulated contrast enhancement enable the exploration of new science. We address three important and challenging problems: transport of different energy carriers at various interfaces, heterogeneous hot-electron distribution and relaxation in single plasmonic resonators, and distinct structure-dependent edge-state dynamics of carriers and excitons in optoelectronic semiconductors. Femto-iSCAT holds great potential as a universal tool for ultrasensitive imaging of energy carrier evolution in space and time.
single plasmonic resonatorsaddress three importantenergy carrier evolutioninterferometric scattering microscopydecrypting material performancedifferent energy carriersmaterial performanceenergy carriersultrafast microscopyspatiotemporal evolutioninterferometric principlewidely appliedvarious interfacesuniversal toolthroughput imagingstate dynamicssmall amountoptoelectronic semiconductorsnew scienceheterogeneous hotelectron distributiondistinct structuredirect imagingdependent edgechallenging problems