ASTM E1634 - 11

    Standard Guide for Performing Sputter Crater Depth Measurements

    Active Standard ASTM E1634 | Developed by Subcommittee: E42.06

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.06


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    Significance and Use

    Sputter crater depth measurements are performed in order to determine a sputter rate (depth/time) for each matrix sputtered during a sputter depth profile or similar in-depth type analyses. From sputter rate values, a linear depth scale can be calculated and displayed for the sputter depth profile.

    Data obtained from surface profilometry are useful in monitoring instrumental parameters (for example, raster size, shape, and any irregularities in topography of the sputtered crater) used for depth profiles.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide covers the preferred procedure for acquiring and post-processing of sputter crater depth measurements. This guide is limited to stylus-type surface profilometers equipped with a stage, stylus, associated scan and sensing electronics, video system for sample and scan alignment, and computerized system.

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E673 Terminology Relating to Surface Analysis


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.040.50 (Physicochemical methods of analysis)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/E1634-11

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