The adsorption and growth of Ag on the GaN(0001) pseudo 1×1-Ga surface was studied by using a combined scanning tunneling microscopy (STM)-molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) system. Ag shows high mobility and huge diffusion length on the surface, which results in the formation of large monolayer Ag islands at submonolayer coverage. We report the observation of a drastic change of the Ag growth mode on the GaN(0001) surface, from Stranski-Krastanov growth at low Ag flux (∼0.8 ML/min) to layer-by-layer growth at a high flux (1 ML/sec). Based on this finding a new approach to obtain flat epitaxial Ag film on the GaN(0001) surface, by using high Ag flux, is demonstrated. In addition, by annealing the Ag film-covered GaN(0001) surface we found a novel unreconstructed Agterminated GaN(0001)-1×1 and explain its structure by a T1-site adatom model.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Physics of Low-Dimensional Structures|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)