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Chemical imaging of organic materials with MeV SIMS using a continuous collimated ion beam

Siketić, Zdravko; Bogdanović Radović, Ivančica; Barac, Marko; Brajković, Marko; Popović Hadžija, Marijana (2023) Chemical imaging of organic materials with MeV SIMS using a continuous collimated ion beam. Analytical Chemistry, 95 (5). pp. 3069-3074. ISSN 1520-6882

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MeV SIMS is a type of secondary ion mass spectrometry technique (SIMS) where molecules are desorbed from the sample surface with ions of MeV energies. In this work, we present a novel system for molecular imaging of organic materials using a continuous analytical beam and a start trigger for timing based on the detection of secondary electrons. The sample is imaged by the collimated primary ion beam and scanning of the target with a lateral resolution of ~ 20 µm. The mass of the analysed molecules is determined with a reflectron type time-of-flight (TOF) analyser, where the START signal for the TOF measurement is generated by the secondary electrons emitted from the thin carbon foil (~ 5 nm) placed over the beam collimator. With this new configuration of the MeV SIMS setup, a primary ion beam with the highest possible electronic stopping can be used (i.e., highest secondary molecular yield), and samples of any thickness can be analysed. Since the electrons are collected from the thin foil rather than from the sample surface, the detection efficiency of secondary electrons is always the same for any type of analysed material. Due to the ability to scan the samples by piezo stage, samples of a few cm in surface size can be imaged. The imaging capabilities of MeV SIMS are demonstrated on crossing ink lines deposited on the paper, a thin section of a mouse brain and on a fingerprint deposited on a thick Si wafer to show the potential application of the presented technique for analytical purposes in biology and forensics science.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: MeV TOF-SIMS; collimated beam; electron START; chemical imaging; biology; forensics
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Physics > Nuclear Physics
Divisions: Division of Experimental Physics
Project titleProject leaderProject codeProject type
Croatian Science Foundation (CSF) project "Young Researchers’ Career Development Project - Training of Doctoral Students"UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
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The strong interaction at the frontier of knowledge: fundamental research and applications-STRONG-2020Milorad Korolija; Damir Bosnar; Krešimir Kumerički; Kornelija Passek-Kumerički824093EK
Potpora vrhunskim istraživanjima Centra izvrsnosti za napredne materijale i senzore-Mile Ivanda; Milko Jakšić; Mario Stipčević; Marko KraljKK.
Depositing User: Zdravko Siketić
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2023 12:20
DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.2c05234

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