Role of chemical bonding in the epitaxial growth of noble metals on ionic crystal substrates

K. Yamamoto, Y. Kasukabe, R. Takeishi, T. Osaka

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Thin films of Au were deposited onto MgO substrates cleaved in ultrahigh vacuum. The films, which were examined by transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction, did not grow with a (111) orientation observed in a Au/NaCl system but with a (100) orientation which had been observed in a Pd/MgO system. In order to obtain some insight into the differences in the epitaxial orientations, we studied interfacial chemical bonding states in Au/MgO(100), Pd/MgO(100), and Au/NaCl(100) systems using total pair-potential calculations and discrete variational Xα calculations. The results show that interfacial interaction in both the Au/MgO and the Pd/MgO system is stronger than that in the Au/NaCl system. The relation between the strength of the interfacial chemical bond and the epitaxial orientation in the above systems is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-331
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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