Scanning Electron Microscopy


Low energy electron bombardment of amorphous SiO2 induces point defects such as oxygen vacancy by electronic excitation. The defects build a macroscopic negative charge by trapping of electrons on the localized levels in the band gap; this phenomenon was previously described as the "mirror" effect. In the present paper, we investigate, by mirror effect, the behavior of the charge after an argon, nitrogen and oxygen implantation at 1 and 4 keV, and after exposure to the same gases at various low pressures. We observe a difference of behavior between Ar (or N2) and O2, The results reinforce the outstanding role of oxygen in the defect production in SiO2 by electronic excitation.

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