Angular resolved electron energy loss spectroscopy in hexagonal boron nitride

Abstract : Electron energy loss spectra have been measured on hexagonal boron nitride single crystals employing a novel electron energy loss spectroscopic set-up composed by an electron microscope equipped with a monochromator and an in-column filter. This set-up provides high-quality energy-loss spectra and allows also for the imaging of energy-filtered diffraction patterns. These two acquisition modes provide complementary pieces of information, offering a global view of excitations in reciprocal space. As an example of the capabilities of the method we show how easily the core loss spectra at the $K$ edges of boron and nitrogen can be measured and imaged. Low losses associated to interband and/or plasmon excitations are also measured. This energy range allows us to illustrate that our method provides results of quality comparable to those obtained from non resonant X-ray inelastic scattering, but with advantageous specificities such as an enhanced sensitivity at low q and a much higher simplicity and versatility that makes it well adapted to the study of two-dimensional materials and related heterostructures. Finally, by comparing theoretical calculations against our measures, we are able to relate the range of applicability of ab initio calculations to the anisotropy of the sample and assess the level of approximation required for a proper simulation of our acquisition method.
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• HAL Id : hal-01439271, version 2
• ARXIV : 1701.05119

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Frédéric Fossard, Lorenzo Sponza, Léonard Schué, Claudio Attaccalite, François Ducastelle, et al.. Angular resolved electron energy loss spectroscopy in hexagonal boron nitride. 2017. ⟨hal-01439271v2⟩

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