Formation of the BiAg2 surface alloy on lattice-mismatched interfaces
Resumen: We report on the growth of a monolayer-thick BiAg2 surface alloy on thin Ag films grown on Pt(111) and Cu(111). Using low energy electron diffraction (LEED), angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) we show that the surface structure of the 13 ML Bi/x-ML Ag/Pt(111) system (x=2) is strongly affected by the annealing temperature required to form the alloy. As judged from the characteristic (3×3)R30 LEED pattern, the BiAg2 alloy is partially formed at room temperature. A gentle, gradual increase in the annealing temperatures successively results in the formation of a pure BiAg2 phase, a combination of that phase with a (2×2) superstructure, and finally the pure (2×2) phase, which persists at higher annealing temperatures. These results complement recent work reporting the (2×2) as a predominant phase, and attributing the absence of BiAg2 alloy to the strained Ag/Pt interface. Likewise, we show that the growth of the BiAg2 alloy on similarly lattice-mismatched 1 and 2 ML Ag-Cu(111) interfaces also requires a low annealing temperature, whilst higher temperatures result in BiAg2 clustering and the formation of a BiCu2 alloy. The demonstration that the BiAg2 alloy can be formed on thin Ag films on different substrates presenting a strained interface has the prospect of serving as bases for technologically relevant systems, such as Rashba alloys interfaced with magnetic and semiconductor substrates.
Idioma: Inglés
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.94.155447
Año: 2016
Publicado en: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics 94, 15 (2016), 155447 [6 pp]
ISSN: 1098-0121

Factor impacto JCR: 3.836 (2016)
Categ. JCR: PHYSICS, CONDENSED MATTER rank: 18 / 67 = 0.269 (2016) - Q2 - T1
Factor impacto SCIMAGO: 2.339 - Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials (Q1) - Condensed Matter Physics (Q1)

Financiación: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/ERC/CSIC-201560I02
Financiación: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/MINECO/MAT2013-46593-C6-4-P
Tipo y forma: Artículo (Versión definitiva)

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