Nano-scale patterning of metal surfaces by adsorption and reaction

Ken ichi Tanaka, Yuji Matsumoto, Takaya Fujita, Yuji Okawa

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Nano-scale patterning of the metal surfaces was attained by the adsorption and the reaction of metal atoms. Growth of metal islands on the metal surfaces was markedly influenced by preparing the surface with preadsorption and/or by the reconstruction. Adsorption of oxygen on Cu(100) form randomly coalesced nano-size c(2×2)-O which undergoes the (2√2×√2)R45° reconstruction with increasing the oxygen coverage. In contrast, N-atoms on Cu(100) make well ordered array of squared c(2×2)-N patches of ca. 50 angstroms2. Cu atoms deposited on the nano-size c(2×2)-O Cu(100) form one atomic height rectangular Cu islands but Ni atoms undergo no orientational growth of Ni islands. Ni atoms deposited on the (2√2×√2)R45°-O Cu(100) surface, however, gave an extremely anisotropic growth of Ni-wire. In contrast, when Ni atom was deposited on a Cu(100) surface having a super-grid like pattern made by the boundaries of squared c(2×2)-N patches, one atomic height Ni islands grew at the crossings of the super-grid. These phenomena are distinctive from the chemical reaction of surface atoms which provides various quasi-compounds. The reaction of Cu with (-Ag-O-) strings on Ag(110) provided a new quasi-compound of (-Cu-O-) on Ag(110), which undergoes a reversible reaction of (-Cu-O-) ⇔ (Cu)6+O2. In addition, the (-Ag-O-) strings on Ag(110) undergo selective photo-erasing. These results suggest that chemical reaction is a promising tool for making atomic-scale pattern on the surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-483
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Surface Science
Publication statusPublished - 1998
EventProceedings of the 1997 4th International Symposium on Atomically Controlled Surfaces and Intefaces, ACSI-4 - Tokyo, Jpn
Duration: 1997 Oct 271997 Oct 30


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