Full-field deformation measurements in the transmission electron microscope using digital image correlation and particle tracking

Y. Zhang, L. Feng, S. Dillon, J. Lambros

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Abstract

Determining displacement and/or strain fields at the nanoscale during material deformation can be instrumental in developing a multiscale understanding of material response. Full-field quantitative kinematic measurements based on transmission electron microscopy (TEM) are lagging behind other microscopy techniques. Here, we develop an experimental approach combining digital image correlation (DIC) and particle tracking (PT) for characterizing in situ microscale deformation of amorphous SiO2 in the TEM. Gold nanoparticles deposited on SiO2 provide both the speckle pattern required by DIC when averaged over a subset region and target particles for PT. To demonstrate and validate the feasibility of using DIC and PT in the TEM, micron sized SiO2 beam samples are machined using a focused ion beam (FIB) and loaded in the TEM via indentation. DIC and PT are then applied to measure in situ displacements from a sequence of TEM images taken during loading and creep of the beam. Results of the two measurement methods agree well with each other and with the applied displacement measurements, thus demonstrating their effectiveness in determining local displacements from TEM experiments. Sources of noise resulting from sample drift and image intensity variations are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number111598
JournalMaterials Characterization
Volume183
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Digital image correlation
  • In situ deformation
  • Particle tracking
  • Transmission electron microscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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