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Low-energy Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry: Investigation of buried interfaces in multi-layer organic thin films
Ngo, Khanh Quyen [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC) > Physics and Materials Science Research Unit >]
University of Luxembourg, ​Luxembourg, ​​Luxembourg
CRP Gabriel Lippmann, ​​Luxembourg
Docteur en Physique
Siebentritt, Susanne mailto
Wirtz, Tom
[en] Secondary ion mass spectrometry ; Organic ; Depth profiling ; Thin film ; Dynamic SIMS ; Interface width
[en] Recently, the application of conjugated organic compounds increases significantly in optoelectronic devices. The main performances of these devices such as charge and energy transport, operational lifetime and energy conversion efficiency depend strongly on the doping and the interface structure. Therefore, in this project we develop dynamic SIMS analysis conditions using low energy primary ion beam to analyse multi-layered samples used in organic optoelectronic devices. The objective of this thesis is to study the different artefacts and mechanisms, which may arise in the low-energy depth profiling of organic materials and to optimize the SIMS conditions for interface resolution. For the objectives, in chapter I and II, a general introduction about the organic molecules, the fabrication techniques as well as fundamental aspects of the SIMS technique and the analysis conditions are presented. In chapter III, a study of the fragmentation of different organic films during sub-keV bombardment is performed. The typical secondary ions of different organic molecule are identified and chosen for depth profiling. Chapter IV is a study about air-contact induced topography change on Cs+ sputtered surface. This is useful to avoid artefacts when characterizing the Cs+ sputtered surfaces by AFM or by other techniques. The ability of low-energy SIMS to characterize the metal/organics interfaces is investigated in chapter V and VI. Chapter V is about the SIMS depth resolution and sputter-induced surface roughness studied on a series of metal – organic layered samples. In chapter VI, the diffusion of metal into organic layer seen in SIMS depth profiles is characterized.

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