New method for rapid determination of crystal orientation via Kikuchi patterns

G. P.E.M. Van Bakel*, D. N. Seidman

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Kikuchi electron diffraction patterns are used extensively to determine crystal orientations via transmission electron microscopy (TEM) or in the electron backscattering pattern (EBSP) mode of scanning electron microscopy (SEM). A new method is presented that is capable of finding crystal orientations, the camera length, and the projection center from only one pattern per grain using a least-squares technique. This method eliminates the need to perform an alignment with a reference crystal in the backscattering mode. Application to a ∑ = 13a silicon bicrystal is presented for TEM patterns and EBSP's. A complete analysis of the propagation of random measurement errors into the disorientation axis/angle pair is carried out. The root mean square deviation from the nominal disorientation angle is found to be 0.3° in the case of TEM and 0.5° in the case of EBSP. The root mean square inclination between the nominal and measured disorientation axis is found to be 1° in the case of TEM and 0.5° in the case of EBSP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3026-3036
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Materials Research
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1995


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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