In-depth distribution of ion beam damage in SiC

A. Sulyok, M. Menyhárd, J. B. Malherbe

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In this paper we report on the ion beam bombardment-induced alteration of SiC measured at different ion energies (300-1700 eV) and at wide range of incident angle (43°-87°). Surface roughening was reduced by sample rotation during sputtering. The change of the concentration was characterized by Auger electron spectroscopy. Both low and high energy Auger peaks of Si were detected, which allowed us to estimate the depth distribution of the components. The observed alteration of Auger peak heights will be explained by simple model of the changed in-depth distribution. The model gives an estimate for the composition of top layer (the real surface) of SiC in different sputtering conditions, as well as the in-depth distribution of Si and C.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)761-764
Number of pages4
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jan 27 2012


  • Auger electron spectroscopy
  • Carbon enrichment
  • Ion beam damage
  • SiC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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