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Stained glass -Structure image of Y3Al5O12 crystal-

Stained glass

© Yasushi Kuroda, Toshie Yaguchi, Takeo Kamino (Hitachi Instrument Engineering Co.,Ltd.)

This is an atomic structure image of an advanced material (Y3Al5O12) which is expected to replace sapphire and quartz. Beautiful geometrical patterns formed by atomic arrangements make this picture look just like stained glass.

At 54th photo contest hosted by the Japanese Society of Electron Microscopy in 1998.


  • Specimen : YAG ceramics
  • Instrument : Transmission Electron Microscope H-9000
  • Magnification : Rtimes; 1,000,000
  • Accelerating voltage : 300 kV

  • Specimen : Courtesy of Dr. Takagimi Yanagitani (TAKUMA works, Konoshima Chemical Co.,Ltd.)
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This work was presented at the "photo contest" hosted by the Japanese Society of Microscopy.
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