X-Ray and Neutron Scattering from Amorphous Diamondlike Carbon and Hydrocarbon Films

Eberhard Findeisen

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    In this report amorphous, diamondlike, carbon and hydrocarbon films are investigated by two different methods, namely. X-ray scattering and a combination of X-ray and neutron reflectivity. As specular reflectivity probes the scattering length density profile of a sample perpendicular to its surface, the combination of X-ray and neutron reflectivity reveals the nuclei density of both carbon and hydrogen separately. This allows to calculate the concentration of hydrogen in the films, which varies in the presented experiments between 0 and 36 atomic %. This method is a new and nondestructive technique to determine the concentration of hydrogen within an error of about ±1 at. % in samples with sharp interfaces. It is well suited for diamondlike carbon films. X-ray scattering is used to obtain structural information on the atomic scale, especially the average carbon-carbon distance and the average coordination number of the carbon atoms. As grazing incidence diffraction experiments were not successful, free-standing films are used for the scattering experiments with synchrotron light. However, the scattered intensity for large scattering vectors is, in spite of the intense primary beam, very weak, and therefore the accuracy of the obtained structural parameter is not sufficient to prove the diamondlike proper lies also on the atomic scale.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationRoskilde
    PublisherRisø National Laboratory
    Number of pages98
    ISBN (Print)87-550-1977-3
    Publication statusPublished - 1994
    SeriesDenmark. Forskningscenter Risoe. Risoe-R


    • Risø-R-748
    • Risø-R-748(EN)


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