Quasi-ordered C60 molecular films grown on the pseudo-ten-fold (100) surface of the Al13Co4 quasicrystalline approximant

Abstract : The growth of C60 films on the pseudo-tenfold (100) surface of the orthorhombic Al13Co4 qua-sicrystalline approximant was studied experimentally by scanning tunneling microscopy, low-energy electron diffraction and photoemission spectroscopy. The (100) surface terminates at bulk-planes presenting local atomic configurations with five-fold symmetry-similar to quasicrystalline surfaces. While the films deposited at room temperature were found disordered, high-temperature growth (up to 693 K) led to quasi-ordered molecular films templated on the substrate rectangular unit mesh. The most probable adsorption sites and geometries were investigated by density functional theory (DFT) calculations. A large range of adsorption energies was determined, influenced by both symmetry and size matching at the molecule-substrate interface. The quasi-ordered structure of the film can be explained by C60 adsorption at the strongest adsorption sites which are too far apart compared to the distance minimizing the intermolecular interactions, resulting in some disorder in the film structure at a local scale. Valence band photoemission indicates a broadening of the molecular orbitals resulting from hybridization between the substrate and overlayer electronic states. Dosing the film at temperature above 693 K led to molecular damage and formation of carbide thin films possessing no azimuthal order with respect to the substrate.
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Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, IOP Publishing, 2016, 28 (355001), <10.1088/0953-8984/28/35/355001>
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Vincent Fournée, Emilie Gaudry, Julian Ledieu, Marie-Cécile De Weerd, R Diehl. Quasi-ordered C60 molecular films grown on the pseudo-ten-fold (100) surface of the Al13Co4 quasicrystalline approximant. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, IOP Publishing, 2016, 28 (355001), <10.1088/0953-8984/28/35/355001>. <hal-01379677>

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