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Phase transformation in self-assembled Gd silicide nanostructures on Si(001)

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  30 June 2011

Gangfeng Ye
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Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 48824-1226
Martin A. Crimp
Affiliation:
Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 48824-1226
Jun Nogami
Affiliation:
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3E4
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Abstract

Gd silicide nanostructures epitaxially grown on Si(001) are studied by plan-view transmission electron microscopy and associated nanobeam electron diffraction, as well as scanning tunneling microscopy. The nanobeam diffraction measurements show a direct correlation between the nanostructure morphology, either nanowires or islands, and the silicide crystal structure. Scanning tunneling microscopy shows a phase transformation from nanowires to islands that nucleate at nanowire intersections. A specific mechanism for this transformation is proposed that explains nanowire growth behavior previously observed on vicinal Si surfaces.

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