Comparative concentration analysis of Cr and Co in FeSi2films performed by ERDA and RBS

  • Bohne W
  • Reinsperger G
  • Röhrich J
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Thin films of β-FeSi2doped by Co or Cr were grown on Si substrates by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) using three separately controlled evaporation sources. The dopant concentration was measured concurrently by heavy-ion ERDA with129Xe ions of 140-250 MeV, by heavy-ion RBS with 15 MeV14N and by standard RBS with 1.4 MeV4He ions. Among these techniques, the TOF-ERDA was most powerful in providing a high mass resolution and a low detection limit for Co and Cr (≈ 0.1 at.%). Because of the complete overlap of the dopant signals with the Fe signal the standard RBS spectra were evaluated by relying on the differences between the scattering cross-sections from the dopant atoms and Fe. This approach proved to be applicable as far as the dopants had a constant depth profile with sufficiently high concentration. For Cr concentrations exceeding the miscibility limit the RBS results deviate significantly from those of ERDA due to increasing dopant depth inhomogeneities.

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  • W. Bohne

  • G. U. Reinsperger

  • J. Röhrich

  • G. Röschert

  • B. Selle

  • P. Stauß

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