Effect of a composition discontinuity on the evolution of a bimetal interface studied by photoemission microscopy: Au patch deposited on a Ag/Si(111) surface

J. Kovač, S. Günther, A. Kolmakov, M. Marsi, M. Kiskinova

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Abstract

The evolution of a 2 ML Au rectangular patch deposited on a Ag/Si(111)-(√3 × √3)R30° surface containing three-dimensional Ag islands was studied by scanning photoemission microscopy. The surface composition and electronic structure of the Au patch and of the transition region between the patch and the Au-free Ag/Si area were characterized on a submicron scale at room temperature and after annealing at various temperatures up to 993 K. The spatial expansion of the Au patch due to Au surface diffusion and the chemical state of Ag and Au in the different interface zones were examined by chemical mapping and by analysis of the Ag 3d and Au 4f core level and valence band spectra, taken at selected spots of the surface. From the analysis of the Au 4f core level line shape, we identified a chemical state for Au at the forefront of the Au migration on the √3-Ag/Si surface and assigned it to an adsorption site on top of Si trimers. This was the dominating Au species for low (< 0.2 ML) Au coverages. Following the evolution of the Au patch upon annealing we discovered substantial differences in its composition and structural changes compared to a continuous 2 ML Au film deposited on a √3-Ag/Si surface. The important role of the Ag and Au surface diffusion in the evolution of an interface containing compositional discontinuities was discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)605-613
Number of pages9
JournalSurface Review and Letters
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

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