Self-organized formation of unidirectional and quasi-one-dimensional metallic Tb silicide nanowires on Si(110)

Stephan Appelfeller, Martin Franz, Murat Karadag, Milan Kubicki, Robert Zielinski, Maxim Krivenkov, Andrei Varykhalov, Alexei Preobrajenski, Mario Dähne

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Terbium induced nanostructures on Si(110) and their growth are thoroughly characterized by low energy electron diffraction, scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy, core-level and valence band photoelectron spectroscopy, and angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy. For low Tb coverage, a wetting layer forms with its surface fraction continuously decreasing with increasing Tb coverage in favor of the formation of unidirectional Tb silicide nanowires. These nanowires show high aspect ratios for high annealing temperatures or on substrates already containing Tb in the bulk. Both wetting layer and nanowires are stable for temperatures up to 750°C. In contrast to the nanowires, the wetting layer is characterized by a band gap. Thus, the metallic nanowires, which show a quasi-one-dimensional electronic band structure, are embedded in a semiconducting surrounding of wetting layer and substrate, insulating the nanowires from each other.

Originalspråkengelska
Artikelnummer154875
TidskriftApplied Surface Science
Volym607
DOI
StatusPublished - 2023 jan. 1

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