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Tables for Crystallography Volume B Reciprocal space Edited by U. Shmueli © International Union of Crystallography 2006 
International Tables for Crystallography (2006). Vol. B. ch. 2.5, pp. 306308

In HEED, the electron wavelength λ is about 0.05 Å or less. The Ewald sphere with radius has a very small curvature and is approximated by a plane. The ED patterns are, therefore, considered as plane cross sections of the reciprocal lattice (RL) passing normal to the incident beam through the point 000, to scale (Fig. 2.5.4.1). The basic formula is where r is the distance from the pattern centre to the reflection, h is the reciprocalspace vector, d is the appropriate interplanar distance and L is the specimentoscreen distance. The deviation of the Ewald sphere from a plane at distance h from the origin of the coordinates is . Owing to the small values of λ and to the rapid decrease of depending on , the diffracted beams are concentrated in a small angular interval ( rad).
Singlecrystal ED patterns image one plane of the RL. They can be obtained from thin ideal crystalline plates, mosaic singlecrystal films, or, in the RHEED case, from the faces of bulk single crystals. Point ED patterns can be obtained more easily owing to the following factors: the small size of the crystals (increase in the dimension of RL nodes) and mosaicity – the small spread of crystallite orientations in a specimen (tangential tension of the RL nodes). The crystal system, the parameters of the unit cell and the Laue symmetry are determined from point ED patterns; the probable space group is found from extinctions. Point ED patterns may be used for intensity measurements if the kinematic approximation holds true or if the contributions of the dynamic and secondary scattering are not too large.
The indexing of reflections and the unitcell determination are carried out according to the formulae relating the RL to the DL (direct lattice) (Vainshtein, 1964; Pinsker, 1953; Zvyagin, 1967).
Under electrondiffraction conditions crystals usually show a tendency to lie down on the substrate plane on the most developed face. Let us take this as (001). The vectors a and b are then parallel, while vector is normal to this plane, and the RL points are considered as being disposed along direct lines parallel to the axis with constant hk and variable l.
The interpretation of the point patterns as respective RL planes is quite simple in the case of orthogonal lattices. If the lattice is triclinic or monoclinic the pattern of the crystal in the position with the face (001) normal to the incident beam does not have to contain hk0 reflections with nonzero h and k because, in general, the planes ab and do not coincide. However, the intersection traces of direct lines hk with the plane normal to them (plane ab) always form a net with periods (Fig. 2.5.4.2). The points hkl along these directions hk are at distances from the ab plane.
By changing the crystal orientation it is possible to obtain an image of the plane containing hk0 reflections, or of other RL planes, with the exception of planes making a small angle with the axis .
In the general case of an arbitrary crystal orientation, the pattern is considered as a plane section of the system of directions hk which makes an angle ϕ with the plane ab, intersecting it along a direction [uv]. It is described by two periods along directions 0h, 0k; with an angle γ″ between them satisfying the relation and by a system of parallel directions The angles are formed by directions 0h, 0k in the plane of the pattern with the plane ab. The coefficients depend on the unitcell parameters, angle ϕ and direction [uv]. These relations are used for the indexing of reflections revealed near the integer positions hkl in the pattern and for unitcell calculations (Vainshtein, 1964; Zvyagin, 1967; Zvyagin et al., 1979).
In RED patterns obtained with an incident beam nearly parallel to the plane ab one can reveal all the RL planes passing through which become normal to the beam at different azimuthal orientations of the crystal.
With the increase of the thickness of crystals (see below, Chapter 5.1 ) the scattering becomes dynamical and Kikuchi lines and bands appear. Kikuchi ED patterns are used for the estimation of the degree of perfection of the structure of the surface layers of single crystals for specimen orientation in HREM (IT C, 2004, Section 4.3.8 ). Patterns obtained with a convergent beam contain Kossel lines and are used for determining the symmetry of objects under investigation (see Section 5.1.2 ).
Texture ED patterns are a widely used kind of ED pattern (Pinsker, 1953; Vainshtein, 1964; Zvyagin, 1967). Textured specimens are prepared by substance precipitation on the substrate, from solutions and suspensions, or from gas phase in vacuum. The microcrystals are found to be oriented with a common (developed) face parallel to the substrate, but they have random azimuthal orientations. Correspondingly, the RL also takes random azimuthal orientations, having as the common axis, i.e. it is a rotational body of the point RL of a single crystal. Thus, the ED patterns from textures bear a resemblance, from the viewpoint of their geometry, to Xray rotation patterns, but they are less complicated, since they represent a plane cross section of reciprocal space.
If the crystallites are oriented by the plane (hkl), then the axis is the texture axis. For the sake of simplicity, let us assume that the basic plane is the plane (001) containing the axes a and b, so that the texture axis is , i.e. the axis . The matrices of appropriate transformations will define a transition to the general case (see IT A , 2005). The RL directions , parallel to the texture axis, transform to cylindrical surfaces, the points with are in planes perpendicular to the texture axis, while any `tilted' lines transform to cones or hyperboloids of rotation. Each point hkl transforms to a ring lying on these surfaces. In practice, owing to a certain spread of axes of single crystals, the rings are blurred into small band sections of a spherical surface with the centre at the point 000; the oblique cross section of such bands produces reflections in the form of arcs. The main interference curves for texture patterns are ellipses imaging oblique plane cross sections of the cylinders hk (Fig. 2.5.4.3).
At the normal electronbeam incidence (tilting angle ) the ED pattern represents a cross section of cylinders perpendicular to the axis , i.e. a system of rings.
On tilting the specimen to an angle ϕ with respect to its normal position (usually ) the patterns image an oblique cross section of the cylindrical RL, and are called obliquetexture (OT) ED patterns. The ellipses and layer lines for orthogonal lattices are the main characteristic lines of ED patterns along which the reflections are arranged. The shortcoming of obliquetexture ED patterns is the absence of reflections lying inside the cone formed by rotation of the straight line coming from the point 000 at an angle around the axis and, in particular, of reflections 00l. However, at ϕ ≲ 60–70° the set of reflections is usually sufficient for structural determination.
For unitcell determination and reflection indexing the values d (i.e. ) are used, and the reflection positions defined by the ellipses hk to which they belong and the values η are considered. The periods are obtained directly from and values. The period , if it is normal to the plane ( being arbitrary), is calculated as For obliqueangled lattices In the general case of obliqueangled lattices the coaxial cylinders hk have radii and it is always possible to use the measured or calculated values in (2.5.4.5a) instead of , since In OT patterns the and η values are represented by the lengths of the small axes of the ellipses and the distances of the reflections hkl from the line of small axes (equatorial line of the pattern)
Analysis of the values gives a, b, γ, while p, s and q are calculated from the values. It is essential that the components of the normal projections of the axis c on the plane ab measured in the units of a and b are Obtaining one can calculate Since
The α, β values are then defined by the relations
Because of the small particle dimensions in textured specimens, the kinematic approximation is more reliable for OT patterns, enabling a more precise calculation of the structure amplitudes from the intensities of reflections.
Polycrystal ED patterns. In this case, the RL is a set of concentric spheres with radii . The ED pattern, like an Xray powder pattern, is a set of rings with radii
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