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    The low energy range (a few 100 keV to a few megaelectronvolts) primary ion mode in MeV secondary ion mass spectrometry (MeV SIMS) and its potential in exploiting the capabilities of conventional (keV) SIMS and MeV SIMS simultaneously were investigated. The aim is to see if in this energy range of both types of materials, inorganic and organic, can be simultaneously analyzed. A feasibility study was conducted, first by analyzing the dependence of secondary ion yields in indium tin oxide (ITO, In2O5Sn) and leucine (C6H13NO2) on various primary ion energies and charge states of a Cu beam, within the scope of equal influence of electronic and nuclear stopping. Expected behavior was observed for both targets (mainly nuclear sputtering for ITO and electronic sputtering for leucine). MeV SIMS images of samples containing separate regions of Cr and leucine were obtained using both keV and MeV primary ions. On the basis of the image contrast and measured data, the benefit of a low energy beam is demonstrated by Cr+ intensity leveling with leucine [M + H]+ intensity, as opposed to a significant contrast at a higher energy. It is estimated that, by lowering the energy, the leucine [M + H]+ yield efficiency lowers roughly 20 times as a price for gaining about 10 times larger efficiency of Cr+ yield, while the leucine [M + H]+ yield still remains sufficiently pronounced.


    Marko Barac, Marko Brajković, Iva Bogdanović Radović, Janez Kovač, Zdravko Siketić. MeV TOF SIMS Analysis of Hybrid Organic/Inorganic Compounds in the Low Energy Region. Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. 2021 Mar 03;32(3):825-831

    PMID: 33616396

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