The exposure of sample to Focused Ion Beam leads to Ga-ion implantation, damage, material amorphisation, and the introduction of sources of residual stress; namely eigenstrain. In this study we employ synchrotron X-ray Reflectivity technique to characterise the amorphous layer generated in a single crystal Silicon sample by exposure to Ga-ion beam. The thickness, density and interface roughness of the amorphous layer were extracted from the analysis of the reflectivity curve. The outcome is compared with the eigenstrain profile evaluated from residual stress analysis by Molecular Dynamics and TEM imaging reported in the literature.
- Ga-ion amorphisation