Effects of small-angle mistilts on dopant visibility in ADF-STEM imaging of nanocrystals

Jacob T. Held, Samuel Duncan, K. Andre Mkhoyan

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Quantitative ADF-STEM imaging paired with image simulations has proven to be a powerful technique for determining the three dimensional location of substitutionally doped atoms in thin films. Expansion of this technique to lightly-doped nanocrystals requires an understanding of the influence of specimen mistilt on dopant visibility due to the difficulty of accurate orientation determination in such systems as well as crystal movement under the beam. In this study, the effects of specimen mistilt on ADF-STEM imaging are evaluated using germanium-doped silicon nanocrystals as model systems. It is shown that dopant visibility is a strong function of specimen mistilt, and the accuracy of specimen orientation is an important factor in the analysis of three-dimensional dopant location, but the sensitivity to mistilt can be weakened by increasing the STEM probe convergence angle and optimizing ADF detector inner angle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-57
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

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Funding Information:
This project was supported by the MRSEC program of the National Science Foundation under Award Number DMR-1420013. This project was also partially supported by the University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). The authors acknowledge the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) at the University of Minnesota for providing resources that contributed to the research results reported within this project.

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© 2017 Elsevier B.V.

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  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't


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