We report calculations of electron inelastiv mean free paths (IMFPs) of 50-2000 eV electrons for a group of 14 organic compounds: 26-n-paraffin, adenine, β-carotene, bovine plasma albumin, deoxyribonucleic acid, diphenylhexatriene, guanine, kapton, polyacetylene, poly(butene-1-sulfone), polyethylene, polymethylmethacrylate, polystyrene, and poly(2-vinylpyridine). The computed IMFPs for these compounds showed greater similarities in magnitude and in the dependences on electron energy than was found in our previous calculations for groups of elements and inorganic compounds (Papers II and III in this series). Comparison of the IMFPs for the organic compounds with values obtained from our predictive IMFP formula TPP-2 showed systematic differences of ~ 40%. These differences are due to the extrapolation of TPP-2 from the regime of mainly high-density elements (from which it had been developed and tested) to the low-density materials such as the organic compounds. We analyzed the IMFP data for the groups of elements and organic compounds together and derived a modified empirical expression for one of the parameters in our predicitive IMFP equation. The modified equation, denoted TPP-2M, is believed to be satisfactory for estimating IMFPs in elements, inorganic compounds and organic compounds.
Citation: Surface and Interface Analysis
Pub Type: Journals