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Growth and electronic properties of Ti nanoislands on Au(111)
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Carrozzo، نويسنده , , P. and Tumino، نويسنده , , F. and Passoni، نويسنده , , M. and Bottani، نويسنده , , C.E. and Casari، نويسنده , , C.S. and Li Bassi، نويسنده , , A.، نويسنده ,
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هفته نامه با شماره پیاپی سال 2014
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The initial growth of titanium nanoislands on the reconstructed Au(111) surface was investigated by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy (STM/STS). Ti atoms evaporated onto room temperature substrate start to nucleate preferentially at the elbows of the Au(111) herringbone reconstruction; however ordered nucleation is accompanied by an early occurrence of out-of-elbow islands. Titanium islands are irregularly shaped, composed of smaller sub-units as grains of about 1–2 nm2 and their growth leads to a distortion of the underlying gold surface. We observe a retarded coalescence of titanium first layer islands with respect to other similar systems. Comparing the experimental data with a diffusive model, quantitative information about the interlayer diffusion of the first two layers is obtained. STS spectra and differential conductivity maps show peculiar electronic features outlining an important interaction between Ti atoms and the Au(111) surface.
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Growth mechanisms , Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) and Spectroscopy (STS) , Cluster growth , Au(111) herringbone reconstruction , Titanium nanoislands
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Surface Science
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