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|Title:||Effect of Bloch wave electron propagation and momentum-resolved signal detection on the quantitative and site-specific electron magnetic chiral dichroism of magnetic spinel oxide thin films|
Negi, D. S.
|Keywords:||Condensed Matter Physics|
|Publisher:||American Physical Society|
|Citation:||Physical Review B|
Loukya, B.; Negi, D. S.; Dileep, K.; Pachauri, N.; Gupta, A.; Datta, R., Effect of Bloch wave electron propagation and momentum-resolved signal detection on the quantitative and site-specific electron magnetic chiral dichroism of magnetic spinel oxide thin films. Physical Review B 2015, 91 (13), 10.
|Abstract:||Electron magnetic chiral dichroism (EMCD) in a transmission electron microscope is an element-specific magnetic characterization technique and is extremely powerful for understanding magnetism of materials at the nanoscale. However, quantitative EMCD remains a challenge. In the present paper, we have highlighted and overcome major difficulties associated with the technique. For example, the experimentally observed low dichroic signal and imbalance between the L-3 and L-2 edge have been explained based on the oscillatory nature of electron propagation through the crystal thickness and specific momentum resolved signal detection, respectively. With this advancement in understanding, site-specific quantitative EMCD has been accomplished in epitaxial thin films of two important ferrimagnetic spinel oxides, NiFe2O4 (NFO) and CoFe2O4 (CFO), with varying degree of cation mixing and A site cation defects. A simple model based on phenomenological absorption has been developed for different site-specific signal contributions for the inverse spinel structure. The experimental moment values for NFO and CFO obtained using EMCD are in good agreement with first principle based theoretical calculations and the results strengthen the promise of utilizing EMCD as a routine nanoscale magnetic characterization technique.|
|Appears in Collections:||Research Articles (Ranjan Datta)|
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