Ordered growth of nanodots on a pre-structured metallic template: Au/N/Cu(0 0 1)

Abstract : We have studied by Spot Profile Analysis Low Energy Electron Diffraction (SPA-LEED) the growth of gold particles on the N/Cu(0 0 1) self-organized surface. This template consists of nitrogen islands separated by bare Cu lines and forming a regular 2D array of period 5 nm. When Au is evaporated onto this surface, it mainly grows at the intersections between the Cu lines. The islands organization reproduces then the substrate 2D ordering. However, if the substrate temperature is too low, islands form everywhere. On the contrary, if the substrate temperature is too high, some nucleation sites are empty. By following the intensity of the diffraction satellites during the growth, we have observed that the ordering of the Au particles is optimum when the substrate temperature is between 210 and 290 K. Using both an analytical treatment based on the rate equations and kinetic Monte-Carlo simulations, we have determined the activation energy for the diffusion process and the energy of the traps.
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Geoffroy Prévot, Bernard Croset, Hazar Guesmi. Ordered growth of nanodots on a pre-structured metallic template: Au/N/Cu(0 0 1). Surface Science, Elsevier, 2007, 601 (9), pp.2017. ⟨10.1016/j.susc.2007.02.033⟩. ⟨hal-00322123⟩

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