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Title: High-mass heterogeneous cluster formation by ion bombardment of the ternary alloy Au 7Cu 5Al 4

The ternary alloy Au 7Cu 5Al 4 was irradiated with 0.1–10 keV Ar + and the surface composition analyzed using laser sputter neutral mass spectrometry. Ejected clusters containing up to seven atoms, with masses up to 2000 amu, were observed. By monitoring the signals from sputtered clusters, the surface composition of the alloy was seen to change with 100 eV Ar + dose, reaching equilibrium after 10 nm of the surface was eroded, in agreement with TRIDYN simulation and indicating that the changes were due to preferential sputtering of Al and Cu. Ejected gold containing clusters were found to increase markedly in intensity while aluminum containing clusters decreased in intensity as a result of Ar sputtering. Such an effect was most pronounced for low energy (<1 keV) Ar + sputtering and was consistent with TRIDYN simulations of the depth profiling. As a result, the component sputter yields from the ternary alloy were consistent with previous binary alloy measurements but showed greater Cu surface concentrations than expected from TRIDYN simulations.
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  1. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
  2. Univ. of Newcastle, Callaghan (Australia)
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology. B, Nanotechnology and Microelectronics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 34; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 2166-2746
American Vacuum Society/AIP
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22); Materials Sciences and Engineering Division; Argonne National Laboratory
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; Sputtering; cluster; ion beam
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