Surface analysis of carbon-hydrogen bonds in diamondlike carbon films by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

Susumu Takabayashi, Keishi Okamoto, Tatsuyuki Nakatani, Hiroyuki Sakaue, Takayuki Takahagi

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X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to analyze the carbon-hydrogen bonds near the surfaces of two types of diamondlike carbon (DLC) film with different hydrogen distribution, which were prepared by the unbalanced magnetron sputtering (UBMS) and ionized deposition (ID) methods, respectively. Elastic recoil detection (ERD) analysis revealed that, in the UBMS films, hydrogen is distributed homogeneously along the depth axis, while in the ID film it is distributed inhomogeneously and concentrated at the surface. The C 1s spectra of the UBMS films with different hydrogen concentrations suggested that the spectra are decomposed into four components, corresponding to the carbon-hydrogen and carbon-carbon bonds of the sp2 and sp3 carbons. A correlation between the hydrogen concentrations obtained by the XPS and ERD analyses was observed. The C 1s spectrum of the ID film depended on the emission angle, suggesting that the carbon-hydrogen bonds concentrate at the surface. This result agreed with the ERD result. Both correlations suggested that XPS can analyze hydrogen as an atom bound to a carbon atom and be a comprehensive surface analytical tool for DLC films.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)923041-923045
Number of pages5
JournalJapanese journal of applied physics
Issue number9 Part 1
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 1

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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