The Structure of Small Gold Crystals

  • Peiyu Gao
  • H. Gleiter


The structure of small gold crystals with diameters between 2 and 6 mm generated by the inert gas evaporation technique (GET) has been investigated by high resolution electron microscopy. The structures observed range from a single crystal (about 56%) to singly or doubly twinned particles and multiply twinned particles containing partial dislocations. The tendency to form perfect single crystals increased with decreasing size. The size-dependence of the microstructure observed may be caused by particle collision and controlled by the energy of the grain boundaries formed between colliding crystals.


Gold Particle Electron Diffraction Pattern Twin Boundary Partial Dislocation Particle Collision 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peiyu Gao
    • 1
  • H. Gleiter
    • 2
  1. 1.Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-GesellschaftBerlin 33Germany
  2. 2.Universität des SaarlandesSaarbrückenGermany

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