Materials and Nanoscience, Nebraska Center for (NCMN)


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Published in Microsc Microanal 14(Suppl 2), 2008. Copyright 2008 Microscopy Society of America. Used by permission.


Higher-order Laue zone (HOLZ) pattern is very useful in measurement of crystalline lattice parameters, strain and composition variation in a small area of sample. Bloch dynamical theory on convergent-beam electron diffraction (CBED), including the formation of HOLZ lines, has been well developed and documented in Ref. and references therein. Although CBED patterns and included HOLZ lines are best modeled using a dynamical formulation, models based on a geometrical interpretation for the HOLZ-line positions have remained in widespread use because of their simplicity. Moreover, the geometrical interpretation is helpful to understand the formation of HOLZ lines for beginners. The geometrical interpretation of HOLZ lines can be carried out in either Ewald sphere construction or dispersion surface construction.