, Volume 21, Issue 12, pp 2005-2010

Organic secondary ion mass spectrometry: Signal enhancement by water vapor injection


The enhancement of the static secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) signals resulting from the injection, closely to the sample surface, of H2O vapor at relatively high-pressure, was investigated for a set of organic materials. While the ion signals are generally improved with increasing H2O pressure upon 12 keV Ga+ bombardment, a specific enhancement of the protonated ion intensity is clearly demonstrated in each case. For instance, the presence of H2O vapor induces an enhancement by one order of magnitude of the [M+ H]+ static SIMS intensity for the antioxidant Irgafos 168 and a ∼1.5-fold increase for polymers such as poly(vinyl pyrrolidone).

Published online August 27, 2010