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Chemistry Publications

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2010

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Nanoscale “Quantum” Islands On Metal Substrates: Microscopy Studies And Electronic Structure Analyses, Yong Han, Barış Ünal, Dapeng Jing, Patricia A. Thiel, James W. Evans Jan 2010

Nanoscale “Quantum” Islands On Metal Substrates: Microscopy Studies And Electronic Structure Analyses, Yong Han, Barış Ünal, Dapeng Jing, Patricia A. Thiel, James W. Evans

Chemistry Publications

Confinement of electrons can occur in metal islands or in continuous films grown heteroepitaxially upon a substrate of a different metal or on a metallic alloy. Associated quantum size effects (QSE) can produce a significant height-dependence of the surface free energy for nanoscale thicknesses of up to 10–20 layers. This may suffice to induce height selection during film growth. Scanning STM analysis has revealed remarkable flat-topped or mesa-like island and film morphologies in various systems. We discuss in detail observations of QSE and associated film growth behavior for Pb/Cu(111), Ag/Fe(100), and Cu/fcc-Fe/Cu(100 ...