Ionization cross-sections for the L23-edges of the elements Sr to Mo for quantitative EELS analysis

Ferdinand Hofer, Gerald Kothleitner, Peter Rez

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Quantitative microanalysis by electron energy-loss spectrometry requires knowledge of partial inner-shell ionization cross-sections. Data for the L23-edges of the elements strontium to molybdenum are not well known. We have therefore measured cross-section ratios (k-factors) for the L23-edges of the elements Sr to Mo using thin film oxide-standards. The experimental values are compared with calculations derived from a modified hydrogenic and a Hartree-Slater model. The results are presented in terms of an integrated dipole oscillator strength to facilitate both comparisons between theory and experiment, and calculations of cross-sections for particular experimental conditions. While hydrogenic theory oscillator-strength values deviate from the experimental ones by more than 30%, there is good agreement between Hartree-Slater theory and experiment. We have also compared the relative microanalytical sensitivities for the M45- and L23-ionization edges of these elements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-245
Number of pages7
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Jul 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Instrumentation


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