Evaluation of a Cesium Primary Ion Source on an Ion Microprobe Mass Spectrometer

Peter Williams, R. K. Lewis, Charles A. Evans, P. R. Hanley

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A commercially available Cs+ Ion source has been modified for use as the primary Ion source on an Ion microprobe mass spectrometer. The primary ion current Is stable to ~ 1 % over a 1-h period. Up to 1000 h operation Is achieved on a single charge of cesium. Current densities of 10 mA cm-2 or better are achieved In microfocused spot sizes ranging from 8 μm to 30 μm. Secondary negative ion yields of electronegative species under Cs+ Ion bombardment compare favorably with positive ion yields of electropositive species under O2+ Ion bombardment. Sputtering rates of Si and GaAs are 2 and 5 times faster respectively than O2+ sputtering rates for these substrates. These high sputtering rates facilitate rapid depth profiling analyses. Detection limits have been determined under sample-limited depth profiling conditions for H, C, O, F, and As in Si, and for S in GaAs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1399-1403
Number of pages5
JournalAnalytical chemistry
Issue number9
StatePublished - Aug 1 1977
Externally publishedYes

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  • Analytical Chemistry


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