Horn-von Hoegen, Michael; Meyer zu Heringdorf, Frank; Hild, R.; Zahl, P.; Schmidt, Th.; Bauer, E.:

Au induced giant faceting of vicinal Si(001)

In: Surface Science, Jg. 433-435 (1999), S. 475-480
ISSN: 0039-6028
Zeitschriftenaufsatz / Fach: Physik
Fakultät für Physik » Experimentalphysik
Abstract:
Au-induced faceting on 4° vicinal Si(001) has been studied with in situ low energy electron microscopy and
scanning tunneling microscopy; the surface decomposes into areas that are perfectly flat with a (001)-orientation and
(119)-facets. Above a critical Au coverage extremely elongated (001) super-terraces propagate with a speed of
crystallisation of up to 100 mm s−1. The width and area of (001) terraces increase linearly with additional coverage.
Conservation of the macroscopic miscut requires step bunching and facet formation. The driving force for the phase
separation is an Au-induced reconstruction on Si(001).