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Scanning-AUGER Spectroscopy – Sc-AUGER

General Description

The Scanning AUGER Spectrometer comprises a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and an energy analyzer electron energy spectrometry. The SEM offers a lateral resolution of about 200nm. The energy analyzer consists of a cylindrical mirror analyzer and a multichannel detector. Due to the physical origin of the analyzed electrons (the Auger photoemission process) the Sc-AUGER is more sensitive to lighter elements compared to XPS. One of the main advantages of Sc-AUGER is the Chemical Mapping Mode which reveals the chemical composition of the sample surface as well as chemical spectroscopy in a predefined area on the sample with a resolution given by the SEM, see Measurement Modes.

Measurement Modes

  1. SEM Scan Mode
    This microscopy mode is used to display the sample surface. The maximum resolution is about 200nm.
  2. Spectrometry
    The sample surface is analyzed with respect to its chemical composition in a region predefined within the Scan Mode.
  3. Chemical Mapping Mode
    The chemical composition of the sample surface is displayed as map on the sample surface. The lateral and energetical step size are parameters to be defined. An example of such a chemical map is shown in Fig. 1.
  4. Depth Profile
    During a continuous Ar-ion sputtering process which removes the sample layer-by-layer the element-specific profile across the sample is recorded.

Example: NiFe stripes on a GaAs-substrate


Sample Structure

The dimension of the samples to be investigated should be from 2 by 1 mm to maximum of about 2 inch or 51mm.

  1. Fakultät für Physik

Chemische und Magnetische Analytik





Matthias Kronseder


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