A scanned-angle and scanned-energy photoelectron diffraction study of ( 3 × 3)R30° Ag on Si(111)

G. S. Herman, E. L. Bullock, M. Yamada, A. P. Kaduwela, D. J. Friedman, S. Thevuthasan, Y. J. Kim, T. T. Tran, C. S. Fadley, Th Lindner, D. E. Ricken, A. W. Robinson, A. M. Bradshaw

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    Photoelectron diffraction data for Ag3d emission from ( 3 × 3R30° Ag on Si(111) have been obtained in all three possible modes: scanned polar angle, scanned azimuthal angle, and scanned energy. Single and multiple scattering cluster calculations with spherical-wave scattering have been carried out for a wide range of structural models and compared to experiment using R factors. In addition, scanned-angle photoelectron diffraction data for the substrate Si 2p intensities have been obtained over essentially the full solid angle above both the clean and Ag-covered surfaces. These data and their analysis indicate that the Ag cannot be more than 0.5 Å below the topmost layer of atoms in the structure, and that the most likely models for the geometry among the many proposed are the honeycomb-chained-trimer and the two-domain missing-top-layer Ag honeycomb. We also suggest that these two models may coexist and interconvert between one another with subtle changes in the local Ag coverage between 2 3 and 1 ML.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)23-52
    Number of pages30
    JournalSurface Science
    Issue number1-2
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 1993


    ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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    Herman, G. S., Bullock, E. L., Yamada, M., Kaduwela, A. P., Friedman, D. J., Thevuthasan, S., Kim, Y. J., Tran, T. T., Fadley, C. S., Lindner, T., Ricken, D. E., Robinson, A. W., & Bradshaw, A. M. (1993). A scanned-angle and scanned-energy photoelectron diffraction study of ( 3 × 3)R30° Ag on Si(111). Surface Science, 284(1-2), 23-52. https://doi.org/10.1016/0039-6028(93)90523-M