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International Tables for Crystallography (2006). Vol. C, ch. 7.2, p. 639

Section 7.2.1. Introduction

J. N. Chapmana

aDepartment of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, Scotland

7.2.1. Introduction

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It is convenient to divide instruments used to form electron-diffraction patterns and images into two categories. In the first, all electron beams are static in the sense that neither the beams incident on nor emergent from the specimen are varied in position or orientation during the detection and recording process. Such is the case, for example, in a conventional transmission electron microscope (CTEM) where diffraction patterns and images must be recorded using a parallel or flux-density detector. By contrast, instruments in the second category employ a scanning system to vary the position or orientation of the electron beams before or after the specimen. Thus, in a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM), diffraction patterns may be formed by rocking a beam about a point on the specimen or by positioning a stationary probe at the selected point and deflecting the beams as they emerge from the specimen. Under these conditions, the electrons are detected by a small total flux detector located on the optic axis of the instrument and the diffraction pattern (or image) is built up in a time-sequential or serial manner.

Whilst many of the properties required of total flux and flux-density detectors differ significantly, all detectors must satisfy certain criteria. A means of characterizing detectors is given in Section 7.2.2[link] together with a brief description of which particular features are desirable in each of the two categories. Specific detectors suitable for parallel recording are considered in Section 7.2.3[link], where a description is given both of their operation and of the extent to which they fulfil the criteria outlined in the preceding section. Finally, in Section 7.2.4[link], similar details are given for detectors suitable for serial recording purposes.

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