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Title: Non-spectroscopic composition measurements of SrTiO 3-La 0.7Sr 0.3MnO 3 multilayers using scanning convergent beam electron diffraction

The local atomic structure of a crystalline sample aligned along a zone axis can be probed with a focused electron probe, which produces a convergent beam electron diffraction pattern. The introduction of high speed direct electron detectors has allowed for experiments that can record a full diffraction pattern image at thousands of probe positions on a sample. By incoherently summing these patterns over crystalline unit cells, we demonstrate in this paper that in addition to crystal structure and thickness, we can also estimate the local composition of a perovskite superlattice sample. This is achieved by matching the summed patterns to a library of simulated diffraction patterns. Finally, this technique allows for atomic-scale chemical measurements without requiring a spectrometer or hardware aberration correction.
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  1. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States). National Center for Electron Microscopy. Molecular Foundry
  2. Univ. of Twente, Enschede (Netherlands). Faculty of Science and Technology
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Applied Physics Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 110; Journal Issue: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 0003-6951
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Research Org:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
multilayers; polarization; superlattices; optical aberrations; position sensitive detectors; electron energy loss spectroscopy; crystal structure; image sensors; convergent beam electron diffraction; dielectric oxides
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OSTI ID: 1361776