Depth profiling of ultrathin films using medium energy ion scattering

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/S1567-1739(02)00240-7
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TypeArticle
Journal titleCurrent Applied Physics
Volume3
Issue1
Pages7582; # of pages: 8
AbstractThe medium energy ion scattering (MEIS) system at the University of Western Ontario has been modified by replacing the original one-dimensional position sensitive detector with a 2-D array. Calibration and analysis procedures for quantitative depth profiling are devised and established in this work: distortion correction, image tiling, charge state distribution of the scattered hydrogen ions, etc. The software to simultaneously control the sample manipulator (three orthogonal rotations), toroidal electrostatic analyzer and spectrum acquisition has been developed using LabViewR. This development makes for easy sample alignment to the incident ion beam and automatically collects the step images. Additionally, the tiling procedure using corrected step images is accomplished within LabViewR to produce a final energy–angle spectra. Our QUARK (quantitative analysis of Rutherford kinematics) spectrum simulation package has been modified to provide for non-linear least squares fitting to a measured MEIS energy spectrum. As a reference for quantitative analysis, a shallow Sb-implanted graphite sample was used with normalization to the height of the thick target carbon region by applying 1H stopping power values from Konac et al. [Nucl. Instr. Meth. Phys. Res. B 136–138 (1998) 159]. To determine the system suitability for compositional analysis, Zr silicate films of thickness 2–7 nm on Si (1 0 0) substrates have been characterized by MEIS, RBS and NRA. The absolute areal densities of constituent elements are in good agreement (within 15%) among the three methods.
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada; NRC Institute for Microstructural Sciences
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