Interference of O Kα ghost features in X-ray-excited Auger spectra

B. E. Koel, J. M. White

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We have noted the interference of O Kα ghost peaks in spectra obtained using unmonochromatized X-ray sources, particularly in C(KVV) and O(KVV) X-ray-excited Auger spectra. The source of the undesirable O Kα photons is a surface oxide on the Mg or Al anode of the polychromatic X-ray sources used. A calculation of the oxide thickness required to give the observed ghost intensity in measurements on a gold sample using a heavily oxidized Mg anode is given and the estimated oxide thickness found plausible. Since it may be impossible to operate the anode with no oxide present, the use of a standard Au sample is suggested as an excellent test for the presence of O Kα X-radiation from unmonochromatized X-ray sources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-245
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Radiation
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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