Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys.
Volume 54, Number 3, June 2011
Focus on Recent advances in (S)TEM and related spectroscopies: a tribute to C. Colliex
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Published online||20 June 2011|
Capturing EELS in the reciprocal space
Institute of Condensed Matter Physics, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
2 Interdisciplinary Center for Electron Microscopy, École Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne, Switzerland
3 Institute of Solid State Physics, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
4 LMSS-Mat, CNRS-UMR 8579, École Centrale Paris, Châtenay-Malabry, France
5 University Service Centre for Transmission Electron Microscopy, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Revised: 16 February 2011
Accepted: 15 April 2011
Published online: 20 June 2011
In this work two aspects of momentum-dependent electron energy loss spectrometry are studied, both in the core-loss and in the low-loss region. In the case of core losses, we focus on the demonstration and the interpretation of an unexpected non-Lorentzian behavior in the angular part of the double-differential scattering cross-section. The silicon L3 edge is taken as an example. Using calculations we show that the non-Lorentzian behavior is due to a change in the wavefunction overlap between the initial and the final states. In the case of low losses, we first analyze the momentum-dependent loss functions of coinage metals Cu, Ag, and Au. We then demonstrate how advanced electronic structure calculations can be used to build simple models for the dielectric function that can then serve as a basis for the calculation of more complicated sample geometries.
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