David J. Flannigan

Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
College of Science and Engineering
Twin Cities

Award Year
University Award
McKnight Land-Grant Professorship
Research Title
Materials Science at the Space-Time Limit with Ultrafast Transmission Electron Microscopy

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Current transmission electron microscopes are able to reach sub-atomic spatial resolutions but cannot be used to image dynamic events that occur faster than a few milliseconds. To overcome this, David Flannigan is working to develop a new electron microscopy technology that couples the high-spatial resolutions achievable with electrons with the very short temporal resolutions of ultrafast pulsed laser systems. In this way, the ability to directly visualize femtosecond events occurring at the atomic-scale will be possible.