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International Tables for Crystallography (2010). Vol. B, ch. 5.2, p. 650   | 1 | 2 |

Section 5.2.11. Dispersion surfaces

A. F. Moodie,a J. M. Cowleyb and P. Goodmanc

aDepartment of Applied Physics, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 124 La Trobe Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia,bArizona State University, Box 871504, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Tempe, AZ 85287–1504, USA, and cSchool of Physics, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia

5.2.11. Dispersion surfaces

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One of the important constructs of the Bloch-wave formalism is the dispersion surface, a plot of the permitted values of the z component of a Bloch wavevector against the component of the incident wavevector parallel to the crystal surface. The curve for a particular Bloch wave is called a branch. Thus, for fast electrons, the two-beam approximation has two branches, one for each eigenvalue, and the N-beam approximation has N.

A detailed treatment of the extensive and powerful theory that has grown from Bethe's initial paper is to be found, for example, in Hirsch et al. (1965[link]). Apart from its fundamental importance as a theoretical tool, this formulation provides the basis for one of the most commonly used numerical techniques, the essential step being the estimation of the eigenvalues from equation ([link] [see IT C (2004[link], Section[link] )].


International Tables for Crystallography (2004). Vol. C. Mathematical, Physical and Chemical Tables, edited by E. Prince. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Hirsch, P. B., Howie, A., Nicholson, R. B., Pashley, D. W. & Whelan, M. J. (1965). Electron Microscopy of Thin Crystals. London: Butterworths.

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