Energy Loss by Channeled Electrons: A Quantitative Study on Transition Metal Oxides
2013 (English)In: Microscopy and Microanalysis, ISSN 1431-9276, E-ISSN 1435-8115, Vol. 19, no 6, 1586-1594 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) attached to current transmission electron microscopes can probe not only element-selective chemical information, but also site-selective information that depends on the position that a specific element occupies in a crystal lattice. The latter information is exploited by utilizing the Bloch waves symmetry in the crystal, which changes with its orientation with respect to the incident electron wave (electron channeling). We demonstrate the orientation dependence of the cross-section of the electron energy-loss near-edge structure for particular crystalline sites of spinel ferrites, by quantitatively taking into account the dynamical diffraction effects with a large number of the diffracted beams. The theoretical results are consistent with a set of experiments in which the transition metal sites in spinel crystal structures are selectively excited. A new measurement scheme for site-selective EELS using a two-dimensional position-sensitive detector is proposed and validated by theoretical predictions and trial experiments.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 19, no 6, 1586-1594 p.
Condensed Matter Physics
Research subject Materials Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-220054DOI: 10.1017/S1431927613013214ISI: 000330344800025OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-220054DiVA: diva2:703947