The intrinsic zero-energy loss profiles of transition metal 2p and 3p XPS spectra for Cr, Mn, and Fe oxides are obtained by spectral deconvolution and compared with Shirley-type background corrected profiles. The metal core level spectra are deconvoluted by O 1s spectra as the response function of each oxide. As the O 1s spectra include intrinsic and extrinsic energy loss parts, the background corrected core level spectra are zero-energy loss spectra. The good agreement of the deconvoluted spectra with the reported spectra obtained by the many body effect theory indicates that the background subtraction method is accurate. A comparison of the deconvoluted with the background corrected spectra of the Shirely-type subtraction reveals that almost all the spectra coincide with each other except for Fe 3p with α-Fe2O3. The good coincidence of the Shirley-type corrected spectra with the deconvoluted and calculated spectra indicates that Shirley-type background correction can be used for daily quantitative surface analysis.
- Background correction
- Core levels
- Intrinsic zero-energy loss profiles