Synchrotron X-ray scattering studies of oxide heterostructures

Dillon D. Fong

in Multifunctional Oxide Heterostructures

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199584123
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745331 | DOI:
Synchrotron X-ray scattering studies of oxide heterostructures

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This chapter surveys a variety of hard x-ray scattering techniques useful for the study of oxide heterostructures. It begins with non-resonant surface x-ray diffraction and then proceeds to techniques reliant on modifications to the non-resonant atomic form factor. In addition to providing real space images of the heterostructure with atomic resolution, these techniques permit investigation into the effects of composition, valence, and local environment on the emergent phenomena found at many oxide interfaces. Resonant scattering, in particular, has proven to be essential for disentangling the complex chemical, structural, and electronic behaviour found in these materials.

Keywords: surface x-ray scattering; resonant x-ray scattering; synchrotron techniques; oxide heterostructures; perovskites

Chapter.  8928 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Condensed Matter Physics

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