Polycrystalline domain structure of pentacene thin films epitaxially grown on a hydrogen-terminated Si(111) surface

S. Nishikata, G. Sazaki, J. T. Sadowski, A. Al-Mahboob, T. Nishihara, Y. Fujikawa, S. Suto, Toshio Sakurai, K. Nakajima

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Single-monolayer high pentacene (Pn) dendrites grown on a hydrogen-terminated Si(111) surface [H-Si(111)] under ultrahigh vacuum were observed by low-energy electron microscopy and microbeam low-energy electron diffraction analyses. We determined the epitaxial structure (type I) inside a unique polycrystalline domain structure of such dendrites, each of which has six equivalent epitaxial orientations of Pn two-dimensional (2D) unit cells. There are three sets of these cells, which are rotated ±120° relative to each other. Domain boundaries inside each dendrite were successfully observed by scanning tunneling microscopy. In addition, we found another epitaxial relation (type II): the polycrystalline domain structure and lattice parameters are similar to those of the type-I dendrite; however, the 2D unit cells of the type-II dendrite are rotated approximately 90° relative to those of the type-I dendrite. These results suggest that the crystal structure of the dendrites on H-Si(111) is determined mainly by the interaction between Pn molecules. Each dendrite is composed of domains that are exclusively of type I or II. The so-called point-on-line coincidences are found between the Pn 2D lattices of types I and II, and H-Si(111). The higher commensurability of the type-I dendrites than the type-II dendrites results in a higher probability of type-I dendrite formation. Moreover, for both the type-I and type-II dendrites, we found supercell structures. We estimated the minimum interface energy between the dendrite and H-Si(111) from an island's free energy, which is necessary to reproduce the growth of a single-monolayer high dendrite.

Original languageEnglish
Article number165424
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Oct 23

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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