Hemispherical electron energy analyzer


A hemispherical electron energy analyzer or hemispherical deflection analyzer is a type of electron energy spectrometer generally used for applications where high energy resolution is needed—different varieties of electron spectroscopy such as angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES)[1] or in imaging applications such as photoemission electron microscopy (PEEM) and low-energy electron microscopy (LEEM).[2]

Hemispherical electron energy analyzer.

It consists of two concentric conductive hemispheres that serve as electrodes that bend the trajectories of the electrons entering a narrow slit at one end so that their final radii depend on their kinetic energy. The analyzer, therefore, provides a mapping from kinetic energies to positions on a detector.


Main parts of a hemispherical electron energy analyzer.

An ideal hemispherical analyzer consists of two concentric hemispherical electrodes (inner and outer hemispheres) of radii   and   held at proper voltages. In such a system, the electrons are linearly dispersed, depending on their kinetic energy, along the direction connecting the entrance and the exit slit, while the electrons with the same energy are first-order focused.[3]

Calculated trajectories for three different kinetic energies and four starting positions within the slit. Slit width maps directly into energy detection channels, worsening the resolution.  
Calculated trajectories for five different kinetic energies and five initial angles. Initial angular spread, dependent on the chosen slit and aperture width, worsens the energy resolution.

When two voltages,   and  , are applied to the inner and outer hemispheres, respectively, the electric potential in the region between the two electrodes follows from the Laplace equation:


The electric field, pointing radially from the center of the hemispheres out, has the familiar planetary motion   form


The voltages are set in such a way that the electrons with kinetic energy   equal to the so-called pass energy   follow a circular trajectory of radius  . The centripetal force along the path is imposed by the electric field  . With this in mind,


The potential difference between the two hemispheres needs to be


A single pointlike detector at radius   on the other side of the hemispheres will register only the electrons of a single kinetic energy. The detection can, however, be parallelized because of nearly linear dependence of the final radii on the kinetic energy. In the past, several discrete electron detectors (channeltrons) were used, but now microchannel plates with phosphorescent screens and camera detection prevail.

In general, these trajectories are described in polar coordinates   for the plane of the great circle for electrons impinging at an angle   with respect to the normal to the entrance, and for the initial radii   to account for the finite aperture and slit widths (typically 0.1 to 5 mm):[4]


As can be seen in the pictures of calculated electron trajectories, the finite slit width maps directly into energy detection channels (thus confusing the real energy spread with the beam width). The angular spread, while also worsening the energy resolution, shows some focusing as the equal negative and positive deviations map to the same final spot.

Distance from the central trajectory at the exit of a hemispherical electron energy analyzer depending on the electron's kinetic energy, initial position within the 1 mm slit, and the angle at which it enters the radial field after passing through the slit. Dispersion is nearly linear in energy, linear in initial position, and quadratic in angle. The latter two map into energy channels of the detector, spoiling the resolution. Data was calculated for Rp=100 mm. Note orders of magnitude different scales on the vertical axes.

When these deviations from the central trajectory are expressed in terms of the small parameters   defined as  ,  , and having in mind that   itself is small (of the order of 1°), the final radius of the electron's trajectory,  , can be expressed as


If electrons of one fixed energy   were entering the analyzer through a slit that is   wide, they would be imaged on the other end of the analyzer as a spot   wide. If their maximal angular spread at the entrance is  , an additional width of   is acquired, and a single energy channel is smeared over   at the detector side. But there, this additional width is interpreted as energy dispersion, which is, to the first order,  . It follows that the instrumental energy resolution, given as a function of the width of the slit,  , and the maximal incidence angle,  , of the incoming photoelectrons, which is itself dependent on the width of the aperture and slit, is[2]


The analyzer resolution improves with increasing  . However, technical problems related to the size of the analyzer put a limit on its actual value, and most analyzers have it in the range of 100–200 mm. Lower pass energies   also improve the resolution, but then the electron transmission probability is reduced, and the signal-to-noise ratio deteriorates accordingly. The electrostatic lenses in front of the analyzer have two main purposes: they collect and focus the incoming photoelectrons into the entrance slit of the analyzer, and they decelerate the electrons to the range of kinetic energies around  , in order to increase the resolution.

When acquiring spectra in swept (or scanning) mode, the voltages of the two hemispheres – and hence the pass energy – are held fixed; at the same time, the voltages applied to the electrostatic lenses are swept in such a way that each channel counts electrons with the selected kinetic energy for the selected amount of time. In order to reduce the acquisition time per spectrum, the so-called snapshot (or fixed) mode can be used. This mode exploits the relation between the kinetic energy of a photoelectron and its position inside the detector. If the detector energy range is wide enough, and if the photoemission signal collected from all the channels is sufficiently strong, the photoemission spectrum can be obtained in one single shot from the image of the detector.

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  2. ^ a b Tusche, Christian; Chen, Ying-Jiun; Schneider, Claus M.; Kirschner, Jürgen (2019-11-01). "Imaging properties of hemispherical electrostatic energy analyzers for high resolution momentum microscopy". Ultramicroscopy. 206: 112815. doi:10.1016/j.ultramic.2019.112815. ISSN 0304-3991. PMID 31325896.
  3. ^ Hadjarab, F.; J.L. Erskine (1985). "Image properties of the hemispherical analyzer applied to multichannel energy detection". Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena. 36 (3): 227. doi:10.1016/0368-2048(85)80021-9.
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