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34.8: Summary

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    In this teaching and learning package we have considered how electron diffraction patterns are formed in the transmission electron microscope. The principles of how to index spot electron diffraction patterns have been discussed in some detail. Although we have considered how to index electron diffraction patterns from relatively simple crystal structures to illustrate the basic principles, these principles are generic and can therefore be applied to any crystal structure. We have also considered other features of electron diffraction patterns such as the formation of Kikuchi lines, the formation of convergent beam electron diffraction patterns and the formation of higher index Laue zones.

    Going further


    • Electron Microscopy of Thin Crystals by P B Hirsch, A Howie, R B Nicholson, D W Pashley & M J Whelan, published by Krieger
      Now out of print but explains everything very clearly.
    • Transmission electron microscopy of materials by D B Williams and C B Carter
      This is a series of four books that contains very detailed descriptions of what happens and how to operate the microscope. Explanations are often in quantum mechanical terms and can be hard going if you want a quick reminder of how something works.
    • Electron microscopy and analysis by P J Goodhew, J Humphreys and R Beanland
      A clear guide to the principles and phenomena involved in electron microscopy.

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