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Ce-Catalyzed Oxidation Of Ta(110), C. Gu, David W. Lynch, A. B. Yang, C. G. Olson Jul 1990

Ce-Catalyzed Oxidation Of Ta(110), C. Gu, David W. Lynch, A. B. Yang, C. G. Olson

Physics and Astronomy Publications

Photoemission spectroscopy was used to investigate the initial oxidation of the Ce/Ta(110) interface at room temperature. The oxidation of Ta(110) is dramatically enhanced by a thin Ce overlayer. A Ta suboxide TaOχ (0.5≤χ≤1) is formed first in the interface, followed by the rapid formation of Ta2O5 upon further oxygen exposure. A weak interface reaction exists in Ce/Ta(110), but is excluded as the main cause of the catalytic oxidation. An earlier suggestion is reconfirmed that the Ce layer converts O2 to oxygen ions and thus promotes the oxidation of the substrate.