3 years ago

Moir\'e-free ultrathin iron oxide film: FeO(111) on Ag(111).

K. Palotás, R. Wiesendanger, V. Babačić, N. Michalak, S. Jurga, Y. Wang, M. Lewandowski, M. Hermanowicz, A. Kiejna, T. Pabisiak, Z. Miłosz

Ultrathin iron oxide films epitaxially grown on the (111)- and (0001)-oriented metal single crystal supports exhibit unique electronic, catalytic and magnetic properties not observed for the corresponding bulk oxides. These properties originate mainly from the presence of Moir\'e superstructures which, in turn, disqualify ultrathin films as model systems imitating bulk materials. We present a route for the preparation of a close-packed Moir\'e-free ultrathin iron oxide film, namely FeO(111) on Ag(111). Experimental scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), low energy electron diffraction (LEED) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results confirm perfect structural order in the film. Density functional theory (DFT)-based calculations suggest full relaxation of the oxide layer that adopts the atomic lattice of the crystalline support and exhibits properties similar to those of a free-standing FeO. The results open new pathways for model-type studies of electronic, catalytic and magnetic properties of fully-relaxed iron oxide films and related systems.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1608.01376

DOI: arXiv:1608.01376v2

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