An Se-passivated GaAs(001) surface was found to be stabilized by 2×3 reconstruction, previously reported as an intermediate structure, under the condition of a low Se chemical potential. Ordered elliptical protrusions with ∼0.6-nm periodicity in the  direction were observed by scanning tunneling microscopy, the structure of which was in good agreement with a double-layered dimer model. A comprehensive model to explain the 2×3 structure together with the formation of a Ga2Se3-like structure with ordered 1/3 ML Ga vacancies was proposed.
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