Correlated thermal diffuse scattering in low to medium energy electron diffraction: A new structural tool

T. Abukawa, C. M. Wei, T. Hanano, S. Kono

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Abstract

We have observed simple oscillations in three-dimensional (3D) patterns of electron thermal diffuse scattering (separated from electron-electron energy loss) measured on a Si(001) surface. We interpret these oscillations as coherent interference within a small cluster of atoms in which vibrational correlation within the nearest neighbors (NN) is dominant. A 3D Patterson function analysis of the oscillation reveals the atomic structure of the Si(001) surface consisting of NN pairs including dimers. This finding provides a promising new clue to determine the structures of bulk and the surface of solids.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-338
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume82
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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