Growth mechanism of Ni on Pt(110) at low temperature

C. S. Shern*, J. S. Tsay, Tsu Yi Fu

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Ni atoms deposited on Pt(110)-(1 × 1) and (1 × 2) surfaces are studied and compared at 130 K. The Auger uptake curve of Ni on the Pt(110)-(1 × 1) surface shows an exponential-type growth. The intensities of all (1 × 1) LEED spots decrease gradually and exhibit no oscillation during the deposition. These results demonstrate that this growth follows the Volmer-Weber mode. On the other hand, the Auger uptake curve of Ni on the Pt(110)-(1 × 2) surface shows a premonolayer break with an initial linear growth. The LEED pattern changes from (1 × 2) to a pseudo-(1 × 1) after Ni atoms fill the sites of the missing rows. After that, the Auger uptake curve turns to an exponential-type and the LEED spot patterns all diminish gradually when more Ni atoms are deposited on the Pt(110)-(1 × 2) surface. These results demonstrate that the growth of Ni on the Pt(110)-(1 × 2) surface follows the Stranski-Krastanov (SK) mode. The growth mechanism is discussed by considering the lattice mismatch, diffusion, and the surface free energies of the adsorbate and the substrate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-78
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Surface Science
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Feb

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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