Quantitative in-depth analysis of iron oxide films by glow discharge spectrometry

Ken ichi Suzuki, Shigeru Suzuki, Akira Furukawa, Ken ichi Takimoto

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A method for the quantitative analysis for oxide films on steels with glow discharge emission spectrometry (GDS) was examined. The sputtering rate and the light intensities were measured with standard samples with oxide films of known composition or known composition and thickness, and apparent emission yields (Rn) for elements were determined. By converting the light intensities to the sputtered amount with the Rn's for an interval in a sputtering profile in an unknown sample, the composition can be obtained from the amount ratio of sputtered elements. The sputtering depth can be calculated from the sputtered amount divided by the density of each element for the sputtering time. The apparent density of oxygen for the depth conversion was estimated to be 1.82 from measurements of standard samples with oxide films of known composition and thickness. The results analyzed by the present method were in consistency with those obtained with another method. The present analysis involves little matrix effect, and facilitates the quantification of the sputtering depth which is difficult to obtain in AES, XPS and SIMS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1985-1991
Number of pages7
JournalTetsu-To-Hagane/Journal of the Iron and Steel Institute of Japan
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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