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Quantification of secondary-ion-mass spectroscopy depth profiles using maximum entropy deconvolution with a sample independent response function

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Dowsett, M.G. ; Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, United Kingdom ; Chu, D.P.

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We describe a new method for extracting the secondary-ion-mass spectroscopy response function from measured data for δ layers. The method was developed to reduce the danger of incorporating sample dependent behavior in the response, and is particularly appropriate for use with sub-keV profile energies where the depth resolution is so high that structure can be observed in layers with nm-scale thickness. We demonstrate this method on a system of variously spaced boron δ layers grown in silicon by molecular beam epitaxy. The deconvolved boron distributions for different primary ion beam energies, ranging from 500 eV to 6 keV, appear to be self-consistent and the corresponding depth resolutions are all increased significantly. Deltas with a 2 nm spacing are resolved without deconvolution using a normally incident 250 eV O2+ beam and the depth resolution (Rayleigh criterion) achievable under these conditions with deconvolution is ≪1 nm. Segregation of boron at the near surface side of the δ layers is clearly visible in these deconvolved data. These features would have been removed using an uncorrected response. © 1998 American Vacuum Society.

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Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B: Microelectronics and Nanometer Structures  (Volume:16 ,  Issue: 1 )