Structural analysis of the indium-stabilized (formula presented) surface

T. L. Lee*, C. Kumpf, A. Kazimirov, P. F. Lyman, G. Scherb, M. J. Bedzyk, M. Nielsen, R. Feidenhans’l, R. L. Johnson, B. O. Fimland, J. Zegenhagen

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The indium-stabilized (formula presented) surface was investigated by surface x-ray diffraction and x-ray standing waves. We find that the reconstruction closely resembles the (formula presented) structure described by the recently proposed unified model for clean III-V semiconductor surfaces [Kumpf et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 86, 3586 (2001)]. Consistent with this unified model, no In dimers are found for the present surface. Instead, for coverages less than 0.25 monolayers, the In adatoms adsorb at the initially unoccupied hollow sites to form In rows along the [110] direction. Between the In rows, surface and subsurface Ga dimers are found to coexist in the trench areas. Above 0.25 monolayers, the additional In adatoms fill the trenches and replace the surface Ga atoms. The final structure of the surface layer is essentially identical to the InAs clean surface, except that the In heights are substantially different due to the lateral strain induced by the lattice mismatch. This structural difference explains why the ladder-type pattern observed previously by scanning tunneling microscopy only appears for the In/GaAs(001) and InAs/GaAs(001) surfaces, but not for the InAs clean surface. The structural model we propose for the In-stabilized (formula presented) surface, which fully agrees with the scanning tunneling microscopy results, should therefore generally apply to strained InAs(001) surfaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number23
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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