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Texture of Crystalline Solids
Volume 2, Issue 4, Pages 205-223

The Orientation and Position Accuracy of Electron Diffraction

Department of Physical Metallurgy and Science of Materials, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK

Received 25 January 1977

Copyright © 1977 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The misorientations existing between subgrains are of critical importance in understanding the nucleation and growth of recrystallised grains. In this paper it is demonstrated that, because of spherical aberration and focus error in the objective of a conventional 100 kV electron microscope, the accuracy of beam direction determination is a function of the size of the area selected, when this area is small. Various factors are discussed, and it is shown that for beam direction determination to within 2° accuracy over the whole unit triangle using a modern 100 kV microscope, that the minimum area must be greater than 1.5 μm diameter. The implications of this on previous conventional SAD deformation texture studies, where the subgrain size is typically ∼ 2,500 Å, are discussed.