Self-assembling of potassium nanostructures on InAs(110) surface

Luca Gavioli, Miriam Padovani, Enrica Spiller, Massimo Sancrotti, Maria Grazia Betti

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Abstract

Potassium induced one-dimensional nanostructures are formed by deposition on the InAs(I 10) surface held at about 420 K, as observed by scanning tunneling microscopy. The K adatoms self-aggregate in zigzag chains oriented along the {[110] direction even at very low coverage. By increasing the K density, the atomic chains pack together, though keeping a minimum distance of 18.2 Angstrom. At the completion of the first layer, the nanostructures extend over the entire surface giving rise to a clear c(2 x 6) low energy electron diffraction pattern. At higher coverage, a second ordered overlayer is formed. The results are discussed in terms of recent theoretical calculations and experimental work on the model system of Cs chains self-assembled on the InAs(l 10) surface. The structural model proposed for a single chain is used to discuss the evolution of the overlayer structure as a function of coverage. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.}
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)666-670
Number of pages5
JournalSurface Science
Volume532
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Keywords

  • alkali metals
  • indium arsenide
  • metal-semiconductor interfaces
  • scanning tunneling microscopy
  • surface structure, morphology, roughness, and topography

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