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High-precision orientation mapping from spherical harmonic transform indexing of electron backscatter diffraction patterns.

Authors
  • Sparks, Gregory1
  • Shade, Paul A2
  • Uchic, Michael D2
  • Niezgoda, Stephen R3
  • Mills, Michael J3
  • Obstalecki, Mark2
  • 1 Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433, USA; Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA. Electronic address: [email protected]
  • 2 Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433, USA.
  • 3 Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Ultramicroscopy
Publication Date
Dec 17, 2020
Volume
222
Pages
113187–113187
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.ultramic.2020.113187
PMID: 33454536
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The angular precision of crystal orientation determination by cross-correlating dynamically simulated electron diffraction patterns with experimental patterns via spherical harmonic analysis is investigated. The best precision found in this study is 0.016°, which approaches the level reported in the literature for other high-precision electron backscatter diffraction implementations. At this angular precision, the noise floor for geometrically necessary dislocation density calculations is found to be approximately 5×1013 m-2 at a 200 nm step size. Conventional Hough-transform indexing of the same raw patterns gave an angular precision of 0.156° and a dislocation noise floor of 6×1014 m-2, an order of magnitude larger for both parameters, albeit better than is typical for Hough indexing due to the high-quality patterns used. Experimental trade-off curves of precision versus exposure time, pattern resolution (i.e. camera binning), and analysis bandwidth are also presented, allowing for optimization of data collection and analysis rates once the desired level of precision has been determined. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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