Kevin Grossklaus, 2nd Place - Digitally Enhanced or Colorized Images of Microstructures

The colorized image is a focused ion beam induced secondary electron image taken of Indium crystallites. Those crystallites were found growing out of the indium solder bond between a GaAs wafer sample and the coated molybdenum MBE sample puck it was bonded to. The crystallites were imaged after the sample had been cooled to room temperature following an AlAs growth experiment and transferred in vacuo to the Mirecki-Millunchick group's UHV FEI Magnum FIB instrument. The image was taken using a 7.5 pA gallium ion beam at an accelerating voltage of 30 kV. Noting that the indium structures resemble underwater plant-life or coral, the image was colorized accordingly. The purple-white "plants" are the indium crystallites, the blue-green "water" is the surface of the MBE sample puck, and the brown-grey "rock" is the fractured edge of the GaAs wafer. Colorization was carried out in Adobe Photoshop by separating each feature into its own layer and then by applying a different color gradient to each layer.
Kevin Grossklaus, 2nd Place - Digitally Enhanced or Colorized Images of Microstructures
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