2023 Volume 12 Issue 1 Pages A0114
Among the various types of cluster secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), electrospray droplet impact/secondary ion mass spectrometry (EDI/SIMS) is unique due to its high ionization efficiency and non-selective atomic/molecular-level surface etching ability. In this study, EDI/SIMS was applied to the non-selective etching of synthetic polymers of polystyrene (PS) and poly(9,9-di-n-octylfluonyl-2,7diyl) (PFO) deposited on a silicon substrate. The polymers gave characteristic fragment ions and the mass spectra remained unchanged with prolonged EDI irradiation time, indicating that non-selective etching can be achieved by EDI irradiation, a finding that is consistent with our previous reports based on EDI/X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses. From the irradiation time and film thickness, the etching rates for PS and PFO were roughly estimated to be 0.6 nm/min and 0.15 nm/min, respectively, under the experimental conditions that were used. After the depletion of polymer sample on the surface, ion signals originating from the exposed silicon substrate were observed. This indicates that EDI/SIMS is applicable to the analysis of the interface of multilayered films composed of organic and inorganic materials.