Title

Structure of Chromium Oxide Ultrathin Films on Ag(1 1 1)

Abstract

Epitaxial chromium oxide films are grown on Ag(1 1 1) by serial deposition. This method is repeated sequences of the deposition of sub-monolayer Cr films (typically less-than-or-equals, slant0.5 ML) followed by oxidation. The procedure is repeated until the desired oxide film thickness is achieved. The oxide films are characterized using low-energy electron diffraction (LEED), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and X-ray photoelectron diffraction (XPD). Chromium oxide films with thickness less than approximately 5 Å show a p(2 × 2) LEED pattern consistent with Cr3O4(1 1 1) films. XPD results, however, suggest that the low coverage chromium oxide films may not be Cr3O4, and definitive identification of the low coverage oxide structure requires further work. Chromium oxide films with thickness greater than approximately 12 Å show a (√3 × √3)R30° LEED pattern consistent with α-Cr2O3(0 0 0 1). XPD results confirm this and further identify the surface termination as a single Cr layer with an inward relaxation of 50%.

Department(s)

Physics

Sponsor(s)

University of Missouri Research Board

Keywords and Phrases

Electron-Solid Diffraction; Interfaces; Photoelectron Diffraction Measurement; Single Crystal Epitaxy; Growth; Low energy electron diffraction; Oxidation

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

0039-6028

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2005 Elsevier, All rights reserved.

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