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Self-assembly of nanoscale lateral segregation profiles


Stania, R; Heckel, W; Kalichava, I; Bernard, C; Kerscher, T C; Cun, H Y; Willmott, P R; Schönfeld, B; Osterwalder, J; Müller, S; Greber, T (2016). Self-assembly of nanoscale lateral segregation profiles. Physical Review B, 93(16):161402.

Abstract

The surface segregation profile of an intermetallic compound becomes vertically and laterally modulated upon epitaxial growth of a single-layer hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) nanomesh. h-BN on PtRh(111) forms an 11-on-10 superhoneycomb, such as that on Rh(111) [Corso et al., Science 303, 217 (2004)], though with a smaller lattice constant of 2.73 nm. X-ray photoelectron diffraction shows that the h-BN layer reduces the Pt enrichment of the first layer by promoting site swapping of about 10 Pt-Rh pairs within the 10×10 unit cell between the first and second layers. This segregation profile is confirmed by density-functional-theory-based cluster-expansion calculations. Generally, a strong modulation of the h-BN bonding strength and a higher affinity to one of the constituents leads to self-assembly of top layer patches underneath the nanomesh pores.

Abstract

The surface segregation profile of an intermetallic compound becomes vertically and laterally modulated upon epitaxial growth of a single-layer hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) nanomesh. h-BN on PtRh(111) forms an 11-on-10 superhoneycomb, such as that on Rh(111) [Corso et al., Science 303, 217 (2004)], though with a smaller lattice constant of 2.73 nm. X-ray photoelectron diffraction shows that the h-BN layer reduces the Pt enrichment of the first layer by promoting site swapping of about 10 Pt-Rh pairs within the 10×10 unit cell between the first and second layers. This segregation profile is confirmed by density-functional-theory-based cluster-expansion calculations. Generally, a strong modulation of the h-BN bonding strength and a higher affinity to one of the constituents leads to self-assembly of top layer patches underneath the nanomesh pores.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute
Dewey Decimal Classification:530 Physics
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:11 Jan 2017 16:05
Last Modified:11 Jan 2017 16:05
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN:2469-9950
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.93.161402

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