Fundamental studies of molecular depth profiling and 3D imaging using Langmuir-Blodgett films as a model

Leiliang Zheng, Andreas Wucher, Nicholas Winograd

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Molecular depth profiling and three-dimensional imaging using cluster projectiles and SIMS have become a prominent tool for organic and biological materials characterization. To further explore the fundamental features of cluster bombardment of organic materials, especially depth resolution and differential sputtering, we have developed a reproducible and robust model system consisting of Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) multilayer films. Molecular depth profiles were acquired, using a 40-keV C 60 + probe, with LB films chemically alternating between barium arachidate and barium dimyristoyl phosphatidate. The chemical structures were successfully resolved as a function of depth. The molecular ion signals were better preserved when the experiment was performed under cryogenic conditions than at room temperature. A novel method was used to convert the scale of fluence into depth which facilitated quantitative measurement of the interface width. Furthermore, the LB films were imaged as a function of depth. The reconstruction of the SIMS images correctly represented the original chemical structure of the film. It also provided useful information about interface mixing and edge effects during sputtering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)816-818
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Surface Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 15 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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