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Experimental Determination of Electron Effective Attenuation Lengths in Silicon Dioxide Thin Films Using Synchrotron Radiation - II. Effects of Elastic Scattering

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Author(s)

Y Shimada, N Matsubayashi, M Imamura, M Suzuki, Yukihiru Higashi, H Ando, H Takenaka, S Kurosawa, S Tanuma, Cedric J. Powell

Abstract

The effective attenuation lengths (EALs) of photoelectrons in thin silicon dioxide films on a Si(100) substrate were measured as a function of electron energy using synchrotron radiation as an energy-tunable excitation source. The ratios of EALs to inelastic mean free paths (IMFPs) calculated from optical data were independent of electron energy from 140 eV to 1000 eV when the analyzer axis was normal to the sample surface and the angle between the incident x rays and the surface normal was 55 . This result indicates that the effects of elastic-electron scattering (in causing the EAL to be less than the corresponding IMFP) were independent of electron energy for this configuration. The EALs measured with normally incident x rays and electron emission at 55 with respect to the surface normal were larger than EALs for the other configuration. In particular, the difference for the EALs at the two configurations was 25 % for electron energies below 200 eV. The angular range suitable for satisfactory angle-resolved analyses with x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy should therefore be limited to <55 when the electron energies are less than 500 eV.
Citation
Surface and Interface Analysis
Volume
29
Issue
No. 5

Keywords

effective attenuation length, elastic-electron scattering, inelastic mean free path, photoemission, silicon dioxide

Citation

Shimada, Y. , Matsubayashi, N. , Imamura, M. , Suzuki, M. , Higashi, Y. , Ando, H. , Takenaka, H. , Kurosawa, S. , Tanuma, S. and Powell, C. (2000), Experimental Determination of Electron Effective Attenuation Lengths in Silicon Dioxide Thin Films Using Synchrotron Radiation - II. Effects of Elastic Scattering, Surface and Interface Analysis (Accessed April 21, 2024)
Created April 30, 2000, Updated October 12, 2021