Role of step roughening in the formation of Ce silicide on Si(111)

We investigated the formation and diffusion process of the Ce silicide formed by the adsorption of Ce atoms (<= 1.5 ML) on Si(1 1 1) at room temperature followed by annealing at 500 degrees C using scanning tunneling microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. We found that Cc atoms first form a cluster with Si atoms on the terrace, and then diffuse toward the step edges whilst forming a more stable Cc silicide. The step roughening at the step edge of the Si(1 1 1) surface, which manifests as a submonolayer (0.3 ML), occurs due to the presence of Si atoms remote from this step edge, and this is regarded as the onset of the silicide formation process. At higher coverage (1.5 ML), the width of this Cc silicide step increases with annealing time at the same temperature. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Publisher
ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Issue Date
2005-04
Language
ENG
Keywords

STRUCTURAL INVESTIGATIONS; HYDROGEN; SURFACES; GD

Citation

SURFACE SCIENCE, v.579, pp.116 - 122

ISSN
0039-6028
DOI
10.1016/j.susc.2005.01.040
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/11315
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CH-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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