Interrelationship of structural elements 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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Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) has been used to investigate the interaction of nanoscale structural elements associated with rutile TiO2(100)-(1×3). These are the 1×3 reconstruction, vicinal off-cut steps in the [001] direction, and up-down steps in the [010] direction. The STM data image the microfacet morphology of the 1×3 reconstruction suggested by diffraction measurements. They also provide an explanation for the stabilization of the up-down steps by the vicinal off-cut, which involves maximizing the area of the (110) microfacets at the expense of high-energy (001) step edges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)689-692
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1994


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