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Conventional high energy electron diffraction relies on elastic scattering. However, in a thick enough specimen, inelastic scattering will also take place. Inelastically scattered electrons travel in all directions but their distribution peaks in a forward direction.

Have a go imageCheck this out for yourself by repeating the simulation on the right a few times.  Note that in reality, the scattering is occurring in 3 dimensions.

Diffraction image More electrons are scattered forward than sideways. This contributes a grey background around the central spot of the diffraction pattern, as shown here.

On the next page, we will see the importance of two particular sets of inelastically scattered electrons.



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