Vibrational electron energy loss spectroscopy in truncated dielectric slabs

Andrea Konečná, Kartik Venkatraman, Katia March, Peter Crozier, Rainer Hillenbrand, Peter Rez, Javier Aizpurua

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Abstract

Specially designed instrumentation for electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) in a scanning transmission electron microscope makes it possible to probe very low-loss excitations in matter with a focused electron beam. Here we study the nanoscale interaction of fast electrons with optical phonon modes in silica. In particular, we analyze the spatial dependence of EEL spectra in two geometrical arrangements: a free-standing truncated slab of silica and a slab with a junction between silica and silicon. In both cases, we identify different loss channels, involving polaritonic and nonpolaritonic contributions to the total electron energy loss, and we obtain the corresponding energy-filtered maps. Furthermore, we present a comparison of the theoretical simulations for a silica-silicon junction with experimental results, and we discuss the spatial resolution attainable from the energy-filtered map considering optical phonon excitations in a conventional experimental arrangement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number205409
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume98
Issue number20
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 13 2018

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Electron energy loss spectroscopy
Silicon Dioxide
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energy dissipation
Silica
electron energy
silicon dioxide
Silicon
spectroscopy
silicon junctions
Electrons
Beam plasma interactions
excitation
Electron beams
Energy dissipation
Electron microscopes
electron microscopes
spatial resolution
electron beams
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  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Konečná, A., Venkatraman, K., March, K., Crozier, P., Hillenbrand, R., Rez, P., & Aizpurua, J. (2018). Vibrational electron energy loss spectroscopy in truncated dielectric slabs. Physical Review B, 98(20), [205409]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.98.205409

Vibrational electron energy loss spectroscopy in truncated dielectric slabs. / Konečná, Andrea; Venkatraman, Kartik; March, Katia; Crozier, Peter; Hillenbrand, Rainer; Rez, Peter; Aizpurua, Javier.

In: Physical Review B, Vol. 98, No. 20, 205409, 13.11.2018.

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Konečná, A, Venkatraman, K, March, K, Crozier, P, Hillenbrand, R, Rez, P & Aizpurua, J 2018, 'Vibrational electron energy loss spectroscopy in truncated dielectric slabs', Physical Review B, vol. 98, no. 20, 205409. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.98.205409
Konečná, Andrea ; Venkatraman, Kartik ; March, Katia ; Crozier, Peter ; Hillenbrand, Rainer ; Rez, Peter ; Aizpurua, Javier. / Vibrational electron energy loss spectroscopy in truncated dielectric slabs. In: Physical Review B. 2018 ; Vol. 98, No. 20.
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