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Magnetic Effects in the Paraxial Regime of Elastic Electron Scattering
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Materials Theory.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3326-7786
Technische Universität Dresden.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Materials Theory.
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Abstract [en]

Based on a recent claim [Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 127203 (2016)] that electron vortex can be used to image magnetism at the nanoscale in elastic scattering experiments, using transmission electron microscopy, a comprehensive computational study is performed to study magnetic effects in the paraxial regime of elastic electron scattering in magnetic solids. Magnetic interactions from electron vortex beams, spin polarized electron beams and beams with phase aberrations are considered, as they pass through ferromagnetic FePt or antiferromagnetic LaMnAsO. The magnetic signals are obtained by comparing the intensity over a disk in the diffraction plane for beams with opposite angular momentum or aberrations. The strongest magnetic signals are obtained from vortex beams with large orbital angular momentum, where relative magnetic signals above 10−3 are indicated for 10ℏ orbital angular momentum, meaning that relative signals of one percent could be expected with the even larger orbital angular momenta, which have been produced in experimental setups. All results indicate that beams with low acceleration voltage and small convergence angles yield stronger magnetic signals, which is unfortunately problematic for the possibility of high spatial resolution imaging. Nevertheless, under atomic resolution conditions, relative magnetic signals in the order of 10−4 are demonstrated, corresponding to an increase with one order of magnitude compared to previous work.

Keyword [en]
Vortex beams, magnetism, electron microscopy, scattering theory
National Category
Condensed Matter Physics
Research subject
Physics with spec. in Atomic, Molecular and Condensed Matter Physics
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-304515OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-304515DiVA: diva2:1033174
Available from: 2016-10-06 Created: 2016-10-06 Last updated: 2016-10-07
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