Simulation and measurement of AES depth profiles; a case study of the C/Ta/C/Si system

Ludomir Zommer, Alexander Jablonski, László Kotis, Gyorgy Safran, Miklós Menyhárd

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A multilayer sample (C (23.3 nm)/Ta (26.5 nm)/C (22.7 nm)/Si substrate) was submitted to AES depth profiling by Ar+ ions of energy 1 keV and angles of incidence of 72°, 78°, and 82°. The shapes of the as-measured depth profiles were strongly different emphasizing that the ion-bombardment conditions strongly affects the shapes of measured depth profiles. We simulated the depth profile measured at an angle of incidence of 72° by calculating the backscattering factor, applying attenuation lengths available in the literature, and simulating the ion-bombardment-induced specimen alteration with a TRIDYN simulation and a trial and error method. The good agreement between the calculated and measured depth profiles justified the method applied.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)633-640
Number of pages8
JournalSurface Science
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - ápr. 15 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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