The charge survival yield for a cluster anion, I2- (CO2)n (n = 0-30) during its collision onto a silicon surface covered with silicon oxide layers of ∼2 nm in thickness was measured as a function of the number of the CO2 molecules, n, and the collision energy (per I2-) in the range of 1-80 eV. A monotonic increase in the charge survival yield with n was observed. This means that the efficiency of the charge transfer from the core ion, I2-, to the surface is reduced with the increase of n. It was concluded that the CO2 molecules suppress the charge transfer by behaving as an electrostatic 'stabilizer' of the core ion and as a 'spacer' between the core ion and the surface.
|Number of pages
|International Journal of Mass Spectrometry and Ion Processes
|Published - 1998
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