Room temperature deposition of gold onto the diffuse and sharp diffraction spot Si(111)-(√3 × √3)R30° Au surfaces

Richard Plass*, Laurence D. Marks

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Room temperature gold depositions onto Si(111)-(√3 × √3)R30° Au surfaces with diffuse and sharp diffraction spots [Surf. Sci. 242 (1991) 73] (diffuse and sharp √3 × √3 Au hereafter) under UHV conditions has been monitored using transmission electron diffraction (TED). Both systems display an increase in surface structure diffraction spot intensities up to the completion of 1.0 monolayer (ML) after which the surface beams display an exponential decrease in intensity with coverage. The exponential decay rate decreases after roughly 1.33 ML. These results can be attributed to gold initially diffusing to and filling √3 × √3 Au gold trimer sites in vacancy type surface domain walls [Surf. Sci. 342 (1995) 233], then filling one of three possible sites on the √3 × √3 Au structure with essentially no surface diffusion, disrupting nearby gold trimers. Gold deposition onto the diffuse type structure caused the formation and expansion of satellite arcs around the strongest √3 × √3 beams similar to those seen by others [Surf. Sci. 242 (1991) 73; Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 16 (1977) 891; J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 10 (1992) 3486] at elevated temperatures while the sharp structure displayed only a modest shoulder formation near the strongest √3 × √3 beams.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-46
Number of pages5
JournalSurface Science
StatePublished - Jun 20 1996


  • Amorphous surfaces
  • Computer simulations
  • Contacts
  • Electron microscopy
  • Electron-solid interactions, scattering, diffraction
  • Epitaxy
  • Gold
  • Low index single crystal surfaces
  • Metal-semiconductor nonmagnetic thin film structures
  • Physical adsorption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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