The growth of epitaxial MnO(100) and MnO(111) layers on Pd(100) surface has been investigated by spot-profile analysis low-energy electron diffraction, dynamic atomic force microscopy, photoemission and high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy, and density functional theory. We have found that despite the large lattice mismatch to the Pd(100) substrate, the MnO(100) layers are kinetically stabilized at low temperatures (<= 350 degrees C) and at oxygen pressures between 2x10(-7) and 5x10(-7) mbar. Annealing in ultrahigh vacuum at 650 degrees C or, alternatively, deposition of manganese metal in oxygen pressure < 1x10(-7) mbar causes the transformation of the MnO(100) to a polar MnO(111) surface, which is decorated by triangular pyramids with (100) side facets. It is suggested that the growth of MnO(111) layers is energetically preferred over MnO(100) due to the epitaxial stabilization at the metal-oxide interface.

Epitaxial stabilization of MnO(111) overlayers on a Pd(100) surface

Franchini C
Membro del Collaboration Group
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2007

Abstract

The growth of epitaxial MnO(100) and MnO(111) layers on Pd(100) surface has been investigated by spot-profile analysis low-energy electron diffraction, dynamic atomic force microscopy, photoemission and high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy, and density functional theory. We have found that despite the large lattice mismatch to the Pd(100) substrate, the MnO(100) layers are kinetically stabilized at low temperatures (<= 350 degrees C) and at oxygen pressures between 2x10(-7) and 5x10(-7) mbar. Annealing in ultrahigh vacuum at 650 degrees C or, alternatively, deposition of manganese metal in oxygen pressure < 1x10(-7) mbar causes the transformation of the MnO(100) to a polar MnO(111) surface, which is decorated by triangular pyramids with (100) side facets. It is suggested that the growth of MnO(111) layers is energetically preferred over MnO(100) due to the epitaxial stabilization at the metal-oxide interface.
Allegretti F; Franchini C; Bayer V; Leitner M; Parteder G; Xu B; Fleming A; Ramsey MG; Podloucky R; Surnev S; Netzer FP
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