Femtosecond electron diffraction: Preparation and characterization of (110)-oriented bismuth films

Gustavo Moriena, Masaki Hada, Germn Sciaini, Jiro Matsuo, R. J. Dwayne Miller

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Here, we present a new approach to synthesize (110)-oriented ultrathin membranes of bismuth (Bi). This rather exotic orientation was achieved by directing the growth through rationale control of lattice matching. Bi films were hetero-epitaxially grown on the (100)-surface of freshly cleaved potassium chloride crystals. The sample orientation was characterized by x-ray and electron diffraction. In addition, high quality free-standing films were obtained after dissolution of the substrate in water and controlled evaporation. Femtosecond electron diffraction (FED) was, therefore, used to monitor the coherent shear acoustic phonons in (110)-oriented free-standing Bi films produced by impulsive femtosecond optical excitation. The small de Broglie wavelength (flat Ewald sphere) of keV-electrons combined with an off-Bragg detection scheme provided a magnified view of shear atomic motions, i.e., lattice distortions in the transverse direction. All-optical pump-probe experiments are usually insensitive to shear displacements, a fact that makes FED a unique non-contact method to achieve the complete characterization of elastic properties of nanoscale materials.

Original languageEnglish
Article number043504
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume111
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 15 2012
Externally publishedYes

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electron diffraction
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Femtosecond electron diffraction : Preparation and characterization of (110)-oriented bismuth films. / Moriena, Gustavo; Hada, Masaki; Sciaini, Germn; Matsuo, Jiro; Dwayne Miller, R. J.

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Moriena, Gustavo ; Hada, Masaki ; Sciaini, Germn ; Matsuo, Jiro ; Dwayne Miller, R. J. / Femtosecond electron diffraction : Preparation and characterization of (110)-oriented bismuth films. In: Journal of Applied Physics. 2012 ; Vol. 111, No. 4.
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