Photoelectron holography: Prospects and limitations of direct methods

P. M. Len, F. Zhang, S. Thevuthasan, A. P. Kaduwela, M. A. Van Hove, C. S. Fadley

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    Images of near-surface atoms can be obtained from photoelectron diffraction data by various imaging algorithms, the basic method being: (a) a Fourier transform over k-space involving a path-length difference phase factor. We will also discuss two recently proposed direct methods that compensate for the non-optical atomic scattering of photoelectrons: (b) a Fourier transform of small k-space cones centered on the approximately optical scattering regions of a photoelectron diffraction data set; and (c), a truly quantum mechanical Fourier transform that accounts for the non-optical propagation and atomic scattering of the photoelectrons in the first Born approximation. Atomic images produced by these three methods are compared for photoelectron diffraction patterns calculated from a single scattering Ni trimer, and a large multiple scattering Ni bulk cluster. All three methods are found to comparably resolve backscattering atomic images, while poorly resolving forward and side scattering atomic images.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)351-357
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena
    Issue numberC
    Publication statusPublished - 29 Dec 1995


    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Radiation
    • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Spectroscopy
    • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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    Len, P. M., Zhang, F., Thevuthasan, S., Kaduwela, A. P., Van Hove, M. A., & Fadley, C. S. (1995). Photoelectron holography: Prospects and limitations of direct methods. Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena, 76(C), 351-357.