Investigations of molecular depth profiling with dual beam sputtering

C. Lu, A. Wucher, N. Winograd

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In this study, the feasibility of molecular depth profiling using dual beam sputtering of biological materials is examined. The model system is a 402-nm Langmuir Blodgett multilayer film consisting of 149 monolayers of barium arachidate (AA). The thin film was initially subjected to pre-bombardment with a 15-keV Au+ beam. Subsequently, an imaging depth profile experiment was performed on the pre-irradiated sample using a 40-keV C60 + beam. An extremely low erosion rate under Au+ bombardment is found on this model system. In the subsequent C60 + depth profiles, surprisingly large molecular ion signals are detected at the gold pre-irradiated surface. These signals then rapidly decay to nearly zero, indicating a damaged sub-surface layer being generated by the Au+ pre-bombardment. The thickness of the damaged layer is found to increase with increasing gold ion fluence and saturate at about 100 nm at 6 × 1014 Au+/cm2. This altered layer thickness is significantly larger than the value of ∼50 nm obtained on a trehalose film pre-bombarded with a Ga+ source. The results also show that the damage caused by the Au+ beam can be removed by C 60+ sputtering and that the molecular information is restored after damage removal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-177
Number of pages3
JournalSurface and Interface Analysis
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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