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Multimodal x-ray and electron microscopy of the Allende meteorite.

  • Author(s): Lo, Yuan Hung
  • Liao, Chen-Ting
  • Zhou, Jihan
  • Rana, Arjun
  • Bevis, Charles S
  • Gui, Guan
  • Enders, Bjoern
  • Cannon, Kevin M
  • Yu, Young-Sang
  • Celestre, Richard
  • Nowrouzi, Kasra
  • Shapiro, David
  • Kapteyn, Henry
  • Falcone, Roger
  • Bennett, Chris
  • Murnane, Margaret
  • Miao, Jianwei
  • et al.

Multimodal microscopy that combines complementary nanoscale imaging techniques is critical for extracting comprehensive chemical, structural, and functional information, particularly for heterogeneous samples. X-ray microscopy can achieve high-resolution imaging of bulk materials with chemical, magnetic, electronic, and bond orientation contrast, while electron microscopy provides atomic-scale spatial resolution with quantitative elemental composition. Here, we combine x-ray ptychography and scanning transmission x-ray spectromicroscopy with three-dimensional energy-dispersive spectroscopy and electron tomography to perform structural and chemical mapping of an Allende meteorite particle with 15-nm spatial resolution. We use textural and quantitative elemental information to infer the mineral composition and discuss potential processes that occurred before or after accretion. We anticipate that correlative x-ray and electron microscopy overcome the limitations of individual imaging modalities and open up a route to future multiscale nondestructive microscopies of complex functional materials and biological systems.

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