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High-resolution monochromated electron energy-loss spectroscopy has the potential to map vibrational modes at nanometer resolution. Using the SiO2/Si interface as a test case, we observe an initial drop in the SiO2 vibrational signal when the electron probe is 200 nm from the Si due to long-range nature of the Coulomb interaction. However, the distance from the interface at which the SiO2 integrated signal intensity drops to half its maximum value is 5 nm. We show that nanometer resolution is possible when selecting the SiO2/Si interface signal which is at a different energy position than the bulk signal. Calculations also show that, at 60 kV, the signal in the SiO2 can be treated nonrelativistically (no retardation) while the signal in the Si, not surprisingly, is dominated by relativistic effects. For typical transmission electron microscope specimen thicknesses, surface coupling effects must also be considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)i14-i23
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018



  • Dielectric theory
  • Interface
  • Monochromated EELS
  • Nanometer spatial resolution
  • Surface
  • Vibrational spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Structural Biology
  • Instrumentation
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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