Characterization of buried interfaces using Ga Kα Hard X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (HAXPES)

Ben Spencer, Stephen Church, P. Thompson, David Cant, Suresh Maniyarasu, A. Theodosiou, A. N. Jones, M. J. Kappers, David Binks, R. A. Oliver, J. Higgins, Andrew Thomas, Thomas Thomson, A G Shard, Wendy Flavell

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Extension of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to measure layers and interfaces below the uppermost surface requires higher X-ray energies and electron energy analysers capable of measuring higher electron kinetic energies. This has been enabled at synchrotron radiation facilities and using lab-based instruments now available with sufficient sensitivity for measurements to be performed on reasonable timescales. Here we detail measurements on buried interfaces using a Ga Kα (9.25 keV) metal jet X-ray source and an EW4000 energy analyser (ScientaOmicron GmbH) in the Henry Royce Institute at the University of Manchester. Development of the technique has required calculation of relative sensitivity factors (RSFs) to enable quantification analogous to Al Kα XPS, and here we provide further substantiation of the Ga Kα RSF library. Examples of buried interfaces include layers of memory and energy materials below top electrode layers, semiconductor heterostructures, ions implanted in graphite, oxide layers at metallic surfaces, and core-shell nanoparticles. Use of an angle-resolved mode enables depth profiling from the surface into the bulk, and is complemented with surface-sensitive XPS. Inelastic background modelling allows extraction of information about buried layers at depths up to 20 times the photoelectron inelastic mean free path.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFaraday Discussions
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2022

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Photon Science Institute
  • Henry Royce Institute


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