Extended defects on TiO2(100) 1 × 3

P. W. Murray, F. M. Leibsle, C. A. Muryn, H. J. Fisher, C. F.J. Flipse, G. Thornton

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    STM, scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) and LEED have been used to investigate the interaction of structural elements associated with rutile TiO2(100)1 × 3. These include the O-vacancy-induced 1 × 3 reconstruction and steps in the two principal azimuths. LEED data from a 2.6° vicinal sample show splitting of the primary and 1 3rd order beams in the [010] direction and not the vicinal off-cut [001] direction. A simple spot-profile analysis reveals that the up-down steps formed have a height of 4.59± 0.05 Å and a periodicity of 45±10 Å. The STM(S) results image the microfacet morphology of the 1 × 3 reconstruction suggested by diffraction measurements. They also provide an explanation for the stabilisation of up-down steps, which involves maximising the area of the (110) microfacets.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)217-228
    Number of pages12
    JournalSurface Science
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 1994


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