Polymer and Materials Science
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Reflection electron energy loss spectroscopy (REELS) spectra for Al, Ni, Pt and Au were measured in the energy range 300-1500 eV for different scattering geometries. The energy dependence of the loss spectra was found to depend strongly on the shape and the magnitude of the elastic scattering cross-section. This effect is extremely pronounced in the angle-resolved spectra, but also persists in the angle-integrated case. It was moreover observed that the relative intensities of the surface excitations in REELS spectra exhibit a similar dependence on the elastic scattering properties. These experimental observations are in good agreement with MC calculations accounting for elastic scattering through the differential Mott cross-section and demonstrate that quantitative information regarding the inelastic scattering probability can only be extracted from REELS spectra if the exact shape of the elastic scattering cross-section is accounted for and a quantitative description of surface excitations is available.
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