Localization of high-energy electron scattering from atomic vibrations

C. Dwyer

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Abstract

Electrons with kinetic energies ∼100 keV are potentially capable of exciting atomic vibrational states from a distance of microns. Despite such a large interaction distance, our detailed calculations show that the scattering physics permits a high-energy electron beam in a scanning transmission electron microscope to locate vibrational excitations with atomic-scale spatial resolution. Attempts to realize this capability experimentally could potentially benefit numerous fields across the physical sciences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number054103
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume89
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 21 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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