Computer Simulation of Ion Beam Analysis: Possibilities and Limitations
Article [Accepted Manuscript]
Is part ofNucl. Instrum. Meth. B ; 269
- Université de Montréal. Faculté des arts et des sciences. Département de physique
Quantitative application of ion beam analysis methods, such as Rutherford backscat- tering, elastic recoil detection analysis, and nuclear reaction analysis, requires the use of computer simulation codes. The different types of available codes are pre- sented, and their advantages and weaknesses with respect to underlying physics and computing time requirements are discussed. Differences between different codes of the same type are smaller by about one order of magnitude than the uncertainty of basic input data, especially stopping power and cross section data. Even very com- plex sample structures with elemental concentration variations with depth or lat- erally varying structures can be simulated quantitatively. Laterally inhomogeneous samples generally result in an ambiguity with depth profiles. The optimization of ion beam analysis measurements is discussed, and available tools are presented.
Nucl. Instrum. Meth. B 269 (2011) 3006