Electron energy-loss spectroscopy of carbon onions

Satoshi Tomita, Minoru Fujii, Shinji Hayashi, Keiichi Yamamoto

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Carbon onions prepared by high-temperature annealing of nanocrystalline diamonds (nc-D) have been studied by electron energy-loss spectroscopy. It was found that the core-loss spectrum of spherical carbon onions was very similar to that of nc-D, although the low-loss spectrum and the high-resolution transmission electron microscopic observation suggest the formation of graphitic sp2 network. The core-loss spectrum indicates that spherical onions have a number of sp3 bonds. A possible explanation for these sp3 bonds is that there remains a tiny residual diamond particle in a spherical onion. Another explanation is that the spherical carbon onion has sp3 bonds as structural defects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-229
Number of pages5
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1999 May 21


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