Effects of surface roughness on results in elastic recoil detection measurements

T. Sajavaara*, K. Arstila, A. Laakso, J. Keinonen

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In order to study surface roughness effects on the elastic recoil detection analysis series of stainless steel samples were prepared to four different roughness by wet grinding and polishing. A multilayer film of B + C (20 nm thick)/Ti (220 nm)/B + C (20 nm) was electron beam evaporated on stainless steel samples and a flat silicon wafer. The time-of-flight elastic recoil detection analysis method utilizing a 53 MeV 127I10+ beam was used to measure energy spectra of the recoiling sample elements. The topography of the samples was determined by atomic force microscopy and the film thickness by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry. A Monte Carlo simulation program which uses a measured surface structure and takes fully account of multiple scattering was written to simulate the elastic recoil measurements. Effects observed in the experimental energy spectra, like broadening of the peaks of deep lying layers, were reproduced in the simulations. Multiple scattering is the dominant factor behind the broadening for flat surfaces. It enhances strongly also the broadening due to the surface roughness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-239
Number of pages5
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2000
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event14th International Conference on Ion Beam Analysis and 6th European Conference on Accelerators in Applied Research and Technology - Dresden, Germany
Duration: 26 Jul 199930 Jul 1999

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