Influence of plural scattering on the quantitative determination of spin and orbital moments in electron magnetic chiral dichroism measurements
2011 (English)In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 83, no 13, 132402- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Recent quantitative measurements of the orbital to spin magnetic moment ratio m(L)/m(S) in electron magnetic circular dichroism (EMCD) experiments have given a m(L)/m(S) ratio that is larger than commonly accepted values. We demonstrate here that plural scattering may noticeably influence the m(L)/m(S) ratio. An equation is derived which describes its influence as a function of the spectral integrals of the plasmon scattering region and zero-loss peak. The influence of the electron-plasmon scattering can be removed when electron energy-loss spectra of the ionization edge are deconvoluted by the low-loss signal. For a bcc-Fe sample we obtain m(L)/m(S) = 0.04 after plasmon removal. We conclude that the plural scattering should be considered when extracting quantitative information from EMCD measurements.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 83, no 13, 132402- p.
circular dichroism, transmission electron microscopy, density functional theory, dynamical diffraction theory, plural scattering, multiple inelastic scattering
Physical Sciences Condensed Matter Physics Engineering and Technology
Research subject Engineering Science with specialization in Solid State Physics; Engineering Science with specialization in Materials Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-108013DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.83.132402ISI: 000289191200001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-108013DiVA: diva2:233902