Quantitative Convergent Beam Electron Diffraction Measurements of Low-Order Structure Factors in Copper

Jesper Friis, Bin Jiang, John Spence, Randi Holmestad

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Accurate low-order structure factors for copper metal have been measured by quantitative convergent beam electron diffraction (QCBED). The standard deviation of the measured structure factors is equal to or smaller than the most accurate measurement by any other method, including X-ray single crystal Pendellösung, Bragg γ-ray diffraction, and high-energy electron diffraction. The electron structure factor for the (440) reflection was used to determine the Debye-Waller (DW) factor. The local heating of the specimen by the electron beam is determined to be 5 K under the current illumination conditions. The low-order structure factors for copper measured by different methods are compared and discussed. The new data set is used to test band theory and to obtain a charge density map. The charge deformation map shows a charge surplus between the atoms and agrees fairly well with the simple model of copper 2+ ions at the atomic sites in a sea of free uniformly distributed electrons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-389
Number of pages11
JournalMicroscopy and Microanalysis
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2003



  • Bonding
  • Copper
  • Free electron model
  • Quantitative convergent beam electron diffraction
  • Structure factor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation

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