Growth of nanosize Ni thin films on a modified c(2 x 2)-N Cu(100) surface

Yuji Matsumoto, Ken Ichi Tanaka

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Growth of Ni on a c(2 x 2)-N Cu(100) surface was studied by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). When Ni atoms are vaporized on a Cu(100) surface with square c(2 x 2)-N patches, one-atomic-layer Ni islands with an average size of 50 Å are grown on the virgin area remaining at the corner of c(2 x 2)-N patches, so that uniform-size Ni islands are arranged like a checkerboard. This checkerboard arrangement of Ni islands is stable up to 470 K. Stronger interaction of the Ni layer with the clean area compared to the c(2 x 2)-N area brings about this unique growth of Ni islands on the c(2 x 2)-N Cu(100) surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L154-L157
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 2: Letters
Issue number2 PART A
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Feb 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Cu(100)
  • N
  • Ni
  • Thin film

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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