X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy



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Relaxation will not cause an extra peak to appear in the spectra. It can only be observed by comparing cases with and without relaxation. Satellites The photoemission event causes the neutral atom to become excited (charged). This excited state can return to the ground state through rearrangement of its orbitals to an intermediate state. The photoelectron will appear as though it has left from an intermediate (satellite) state rather than from the excited (or relaxed) state. (http://matsci. uah. edu/courseware/mts723/lectures/05topic/05b2bfinalstateSC. pdf), 6/10/03) The Shake up process

In the simple case of photoejection, a core electron leaves the atom, having had the entire energy of the photon. It is focused by the spectrometer and appears as a single spectra line at kinetic energy KE. The loss of a core electron by photoemission increases the nuclear charge. This major perturbation gives rise to substantial reorganization of the valence electrons. It can involve excitation of one of the electrons to a higher unfilled level, and lose an amount of kinetic energy equal to the excitation energy. This is referred to the shake up process.

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The Shake off process In a process similar to shake up, valence electrons can be completely ionized. The departing photoelectron has transferred sufficient energy to the valence electron to move it entirely from the atom. This process, referred to as shake off, leaves an ion with vacancies in both the core level and the valence level. Effects of the Shake up process and the Shake off process The energy used for the shake up process is drawn from the kinetic energy of the photoelectron. Therefore an electron that leaves form an orbital that undergoes shake up and shake off will appear to be from the rehybridized orbital, (http://www.nottingham. ac. uk/~ppzpjm/sect6_1. htm, 10/10/03).

The shake up process always leads to higher binding energy configerations. The effect can cause a new peak (sattelite) to appear. Plasmon losses As the electron leaves, it may lose energy to the surrounding free electrons in the material through collective electron-electron interactions. These collective losses are called plasmon interactions (a plasma is a phase of charged particles). The loss interactions can occur with bulk states or surface states of the free electron sea. ‘Both surface and bulk plasmons contain an intrinsic and extrinsic component.

Intrinsic losses occur simultaneously with photoionisation due to the coupling between the core hole and the plasmon field. Extrinsic losses occur due to secondary interactions with the surface after emission from the atom’, (O’Shea, J. N. , p19, 1998). A plasmon loss causes the electron to lose its kinetic energy. It therefore appears to gain binding energy. This leads to additional peaks at higher binding energies. The plasmon loss electrons must still be counted as part of the original photoemission event.

An electron that is scattered inelastically becomes part of the background signal, (www. augustus. scs. uiuc.edu/nuzzogroup/ PPT/XPS% 20Class%2099 . PPT, 10/10/03). The spectra of free electron metals will contain pronounced electron energy-loss peaks due to plasmon excitations, (Kurth, M. and Graat, P. C. J. , 2002). The relative position of a plasmon loss peak in an XPS spectrum can be determined by looking at electron scattering spectra from the material. The XPS core levels should have a plasmon loss peak at a higher binding energy. Spin orbit coupling This factor can appear often in an XPS spectra. It occurs when an electron has a spin s of 1/2. Each orbital has an angular momentum of 1. The vector sum will then be 1+/- s.

This leads to splitting in two distinct energy levels for all except the s orbitals. Two components will be observed in an XP spectrum, separated in a binding energy by an amount referred to as the spin orbit splitting, (Carley, A. F. , 1980, p9). Multiplet splitting This process occurs when an unpaired valence electron interacts with the unpaired core hole electron which has been left after photoemission. This results in two final states which give two peaks in the XP spectrum. “Multiplet splitting is most pronounced for 3s orbitals when unpaired electrons are present in the 3d orbitals”, (O’Shea, J. N., 1998, p20). The core hole After a core electron is ejected, the ionized atom is in a high excited state.

The core hole will then decay via the two following processes –  Auger transition  X-ray fluorescence Auger transition In the Auger process, one electron falls from a higher level to fill an initial core hole in the K-shell and the energy liberated in this process is simultaneously transferred to a second electron. A fraction of this energy is required to overcome the binding energy of this second electron and the remainder is retained by this emitted Auger electron as kinetic energy, (http://www-ssrl.

slac. stanford. edu/nilsson group/ pages / core _spec_ xps. html#XES, 7/10/03). In general, since the initial ionization is non-selective and the initial hole may therefore be in various shells, there will be many possible Auger transitions for a given element – some weak and some strong in intensity. Auger Spectroscopy is based upon the measurement of the kinetic energies of the emitted electrons which are independent of the mechanism of initial core hole formation. Each element in a sample will give rise to a characteristic spectrum of peaks at various kinetic energies.

X-ray fluorescence Transition of the outer electron to the core hole releases energy in the form of an x-ray photon. The released photon is equal in energy to the differences between energy levels A and B. (Coughlin, M. , 2002, p17). Such core hole decay processes are very rapid, and a typical lifetime of core holes is in the order of a few femtoseconds (10-15 s), (http://fysik5. fysik. uu. se/research/molecules/molecules. html, 7/10/03).

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