The crystal structure of a NiSi thin-film on a Si substrate and Pd site-substitution in NiSi and the partitioning behavior of Pd for NiSi(Pd)/Si(100) are investigated by x-ray diffraction (XRD), first-principles calculations, and atom-probe tomography (APT). The NiSi layer is a distorted orthorhombic structure from XRD patterns via experiments and calculations. We find that Pd has a strong driving force, 0.72 eV atom-1, for partitioning from Si into the orthorhombic NiSi layer. The calculated substitutional energies of Pd in NiSi indicate that Pd has a strong preference for Ni sublattice-sites, which is in agreement with concentration profiles determined by APT.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)