Local structure analysis of amorphous materials by angstrom-beam electron diffraction

Akihiko Hirata*

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The structure analysis of amorphous materials still leaves much room for improvement. Owing to the lack of translational or rotational symmetry of amorphous materials, it is important to develop a different approach from that used for crystals for the structure analysis of amorphous materials. Here, the angstrom-beam electron diffraction method was used to obtain the local structure information of amorphous materials at a sub-nanometre scale. In addition, we discussed the relationship between the global and local diffraction intensities of amorphous structures, and verified the effectiveness of the proposed method through basic diffraction simulations. Finally, some applications of the proposed method to structural and functional amorphous materials are summarized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-177
Number of pages7
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Apr 1


  • Electron diffraction
  • STEM
  • amorphous materials
  • local structures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Structural Biology
  • Instrumentation
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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