STM study of site selective hydrogen adsorption on Si(111) 7×7
2005 (English)In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 71, no 23, 235411- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Adsorption of atomic hydrogen has been studied by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and photoelectron spectroscopy with a focus on the different adsorption sites provided by the Si(111) 7×7 surface. At low temperature, the hydrogen atoms adsorb preferentially on adatoms while at elevated temperatures the rest atoms are the first to become hydrogen terminated. The hydrogen-terminated rest atoms are no longer visible in the STM images and the surrounding adatoms appear brighter compared to the clean 7×7 surface. This indicates that there is a local charge transfer back to the adatoms from the rest atoms. Three kinds of modified triangular subunit cells of the 7×7 reconstruction have been identified corresponding to one, two, and three hydrogen-terminated rest atoms, respectively. A detailed study of the apparent height using STM line profiles through the adatom and rest atom positions on the surface is presented. These line profiles show a characteristic and reproducible variation of the apparent heights of the adatoms for the different kinds of triangular subunit cells and the changes are interpreted in terms of charge transfer. The very local nature of the charge transfer is concluded from the fact that only the hydrogen termination of neighboring rest atoms is significantly affecting the apparent height of an adatom.
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2005. Vol. 71, no 23, 235411- p.
National CategoryNatural Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-17366DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.71.235411ISI: 000230276800100OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-17366DiVA: diva2:208837