The possibility of quantitative AES analysis using the whole EN(E) spectrum was examined for AuCu alloy samples. The EN(E) spectrum was measured under φ = 0° (normal) incidence of 10 keV electrons for the Au–44 at% Cu sample, and under φ = 0°, 30°, and 45° incidence of 10 keV primary electrons for the Au–20 at% Cu sample. Those spectra were compared with spectra which were obtained by linear combination of pure Au and Cu spectra measured under the same experimental conditions. Both measured and synthesized spectra coincided very well in the energy region lower than 1000 eV, except the region of slow secondary electrons. The results indicate that energy distribution of backscattered electrons of the AuCu alloy can be estimated well by linear combinations of pure sample spectra. They also indicate that, by comparison of the shape of the measured EN(E) spectrum with the synthesized one, the surface composition of the AuCu alloy sample can be estimated with reasonable accuracy (several % error).
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