The mean inner potential (MIP) and inelastic mean free path (IMFP) of undoped ZnTe are determined using a combination of off-axis electron holography and convergent beam electron diffraction. The ZnTe MIP is measured to be 13.7±0.6 V, agreeing with previously reported simulations, and the IMFP at 200 keV is determined to be 46±2 nm for a collection angle of 0.75 mrad. Dynamical effects affecting holographic phase imaging as a function of incident beam direction for several common semiconductors are systematically studied and compared using Bloch wave simulations. These simulation results emphasize the need for careful choice of specimen orientation when carrying out quantitative electron holography studies in order to avoid erroneous phase measurements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalMicroscopy and Microanalysis
StateAccepted/In press - Nov 27 2015


  • dynamic effects
  • electron holography
  • inelastic mean free path
  • mean inner potential
  • ZnTe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation

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