Dynamically stabilized growth of polar oxides: The case of MgO(111)

Vlado K. Lazarov, Zhuhua Cai, Kenta Yoshida, K. Honglian L. Zhang, M. Weinert, Katherine S. Ziemer, Philip J. Hasnip

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By using MgO(111) as a model system for polar oxide film growth, we show by first-principles calculations that H acts as a surfactant, i.e., the H changes its position and bonding during the growth process, remaining in the surface region. Continuous presence of H during the growth of MgO(111) film efficiently removes the microscopic dipole moment, thus enabling the growth of perfect fcc-ordered MgO(111) films. These theoretical predictions are confirmed experimentally by molecular beam epitaxy single crystal growth of MgO(111) on SiC(0001).

Original languageEnglish
Article number056101
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jul 28
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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