A quantum mechanical exploration of phonon energy-loss spectroscopy using electrons in the aloof beam geometry

L J Allen, H G Brown, S D Findlay, B D Forbes

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Phonon energy-loss spectroscopy using electrons has both high resolution and low resolution components, associated with short- and long-range interactions, respectively. In this paper, we discuss how these two contributions arise from a fundamental quantum mechanical perspective. Starting from a correlated model for the atomic motion we show how short range 'impact' scattering and long range 'dipole' scattering arises. The latter dominates in aloof beam imaging, an imaging geometry in which radiation damage can be avoided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)i24-i29
Number of pages6
Issue numberS1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018


  • Aloof beam geometry
  • Electron energy-loss spectroscopy
  • Phonon excitation

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