Thermal Decomposition Of Nickel Carbide Thin Films
Thin films of nickel carbide are produced by evaporating fourteen atomic layers (1.8 x 1016 atoms cm-2) of nickel onto the (0001) surface of graphite at room temperature. The presence of nickel carbide is indicated by the characteristic carbide Auger electron signal. LEED shows that no ordered structural change takes place on the graphite (0001) surface when nickel carbide is produced in this manner. Isothermal heating of the sample leads to an irreversible change of the carbon Auger signal. The times required for this change range from 150 min at 150°C to 45 min at 185°C. The times required for decomposition yield an activation energy for decomposition equal to 50 kJ mole-1. The decomposition of nickel carbide thin films obeys zero order kinetics. Depth profiling of the film after decomposition reveals that the observed decomposition is limited only to the top two or three atomic layers. © 1978.
S. Sinharoy et al., "Thermal Decomposition Of Nickel Carbide Thin Films," Surface Science, vol. 72, no. 4, pp. 710 - 718, Elsevier, Apr 1978.
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02 Apr 1978