T. Schachinger, S. Löffler, A. Steiger-Thirsfeld, M. Stöger-Pollach, S. Schneider, D. Pohl, B. Rellinghaus, P. Schattschneider:
"EMCD with an electron vortex filter: Limitations and possibilities";
We discuss the feasibility of detecting spin polarized electronic transitions with a vortex filter. This ap- proach does not rely on the principal condition of the standard electron energy-loss magnetic chiral dichroism (EMCD) technique, the precise alignment of the crystal in order to use it as a beam split- ter, and thus would pave the way for the application of EMCD to new classes of materials and problems, like amorphous magnetic alloys and interface magnetism. The dichroic signal strength at the L 2, 3 -edge of ferromagnetic Cobalt (Co) is estimated on theoretical grounds using a single atom scattering approach. To justify this approach, multi-slice simulations were carried out in order to confirm that orbital angu- lar momentum (OAM) is conserved in amorphous materials over an extended range of sample thickness and also in very thin crystalline specimen, which is necessary for the detection of EMCD. Also artefact sources like spot size, mask tilt and astigmatism are discussed. In addition, the achievable SNR under typical experimental conditions is assessed.
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