Ion sputtering as a probe of liquid surfaces
We have measured the energy and angular distribution of the ions emitted from a perfluoropolyether liquid polymer surface due to an incident 320 eV Ar+ beam. The anion distributions are comprised almost exclusively of F-. Substantial amounts of high-energy F- recoils are produced, which can be attributed to multiple-collision processes. The production of these high-energy recoils indicates a very open surface structure, which allows hard (small impact parameter) collisions between Ar+ and individual functional groups of the polymer. Scattered Ar+ is only observed for small total scattering angles.