Quantitative electron diffraction: From atoms to bonds

P. A. Midgley, M. Saunders

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The development of new transmission electron microscopes with energy-filtering capability together with the increase in computer power over the past few years has enabled electron diffraction from inorganic crystals to become a quantitative and accurate science. With the introduction of new techniques and data analysis and with the advantage of a nanometre-sized probe, electron diffraction now rivals X-ray and neutron methods in many aspects of crystallography and solid-state physics. In this article, we have discussed two new developments which highlight the progress made in this area. First, a new method for ab-initio structure determination is explained and an example given to show its success. Second, energy-filtered diffraction patterns are used to refine the scattering potential of a crystal so that the bonding charge density can be reconstructed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-456
Number of pages16
JournalContemporary Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1996
Externally publishedYes


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