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Title: Sub-Ångstrom electric field measurements on a universal detector in a scanning transmission electron microscope

Scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) excels in accessing atomic-scale structure and chemistry. Enhancing our ability to directly image the functionalities of local features in materials has become one of the most important topics in the future development of STEM. Recently, differential phase contrast (DPC) imaging has been utilized to map the internal electric and magnetic fields in materials from nanoscale features such as p–n junctions, skyrmions, and even from individual atoms. Here, we use an ultra-low noise SCMOS detector in as the diffraction plane camera to collect four-dimensional (4D) datasets. The high angular resolution, efficient high-SNR acquisition, and modifiability of the camera allow it to function as a universal detector, where STEM imaging configurations, such as DPC, bright field, annular bright field, and annular dark field can all be reconstructed from a single 4D dataset. By examining a distorted perovskite, DyScO3, which possesses projected lattice spacings as small as 0.83 Å, we demonstrate DPC spatial resolution almost reaching the information limit of a 100 keV electron beam. In addition, the perovskite has ordered O-coordinations with alternating octahedral tilts, which can be quantitatively measured with single degree accuracy by taking advantage of DPC’s sensitivity to light atoms. The results, acquired onmore » a standard Ronchigram camera as opposed to a specialized DPC detector, open up new opportunities to understand and design functional materials and devices that involve lattice and charge coupling at nano- and atomic-scales.« less
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  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Advanced Structural and Chemical Imaging
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Journal Volume: 4; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 2198-0926
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Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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United States
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