Ab initio spectroscopy is a powerful combination of quantum-based theories and computer simulations, covering a wide range of theoretical and computational methods that incorporate many-body effects and interactions showing up in the excited state. This framework, combining density-functional theory (DFT) with many-body perturbation theory, not only allows for analyzing data obtained by experimental probes, but also for shining light onto the underlying physics. I will demonstrate this with a series of selected materials and excitation processes:
Oxygen K-edge spectra from the wide-gap semiconductor Ga2O3 will reveal how signals from atoms located in a particular environment can be selectively enhanced or quenched by adjusting the crystal orientation . These results suggests ELNES, combined with ab initio many-body theory, to be a very powerful technique to characterize complex systems, with sensitivity to individual atomic species and their local environment.
With the example of self-assembled phases of functionalized azo-benzene it will be shown, how excitonic effects in core and valence excitations can be tuned by molecular packing , and how this may affect the switching functionality of the molecules.
Finally, I will discuss how transmission electron microscopy can be used for mapping atomic orbitals, exploring its capabilities by a first principles approach . For defected graphene, exhibiting either an isolated vacancy or a substitutional nitrogen atom, different kinds of images are to be expected, depending on the orbital character (see Figure 1).
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To cite this abstract:Claudia Draxl; From core and valence excitations to orbital mapping: a theorist’s perspective. The 16th European Microscopy Congress, Lyon, France. https://emc-proceedings.com/abstract/from-core-and-valence-excitations-to-orbital-mapping-a-theorists-perspective/. Accessed: December 2, 2023
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