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Growth of thin Pb Layers on Cu(001)*

  • R. J. Culbertson (a1), Y. Kuk (a2) and L. C. Feldman (a2)


The growth of thin Pb layers (<12 monolayers) was studied in ultrahigh vacuum by high energy ion scattering/channeling, low energy electron diffraction (LEED)), and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES). Deposition and analysis were performed at 300 K and 140 K. The Pb coverage was determined quantitatively by ion scattering. The results indicated a clear transition in the growth mode as a function of temperature. At 300 K, two-dimensional island growth was observed up to 1.0 monolayer, followed by three-dimensional epitaxial growth of strained islands. Two-dimensional island growth was observed up to 5 monolayers at 140 K. The relative positions of the overlayer atoms relative to the substrate was studied to understand two-dimensional phase transitions above room temperature.



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Research sponsored in part by the Division of Materials Sciences, USDOE contract DE-ACO5-840R21400 with Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc.



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