Applied Sciences, Vol. 11, Pages 9588: Chemical State Mapping of p/n-Controlled SrB6 Bulk Specimens by Soft X-Ray Emission Electron Microscope
Applied Sciences doi: 10.3390/app11209588
Yohei K. Sato
Elemental and chemical state maps of p/n-controlled SrB6 bulk specimens are presented by using a soft X-ray emission spectroscopy electron microscope. Those bulk specimens were obtained by sintering powder specimens, prepared by the molten-salt method with different compositions of initial materials. A Sr-map, a chemical shift map of B K-emission, and the spectra of characteristic regions of those materials were compared. It was observed that a local Sr deficiency caused a local hole-doped region, confirmed by a chemical shift in the B K-emission spectrum. n-type SrB6 was rather homogeneous. On the other hand, the p-type SrB6 bulk specimen was a mixture of two different p-type regions. This mixed nature originated, presumably, from an uneven Sr content of SrB6 particles prepared by the molten-salt method using a Sr-deficient starting material. A separation process of the two types of materials will realize a high-quality homogeneous p-type SrB6 bulk specimens.
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