The initial stages of Fe growth on clean and Sb-terminated Si(1 0 0) surfaces were investigated with a scanning tunnelling microscopy/spectroscopy. Due to the saturation of Si dangling bonds by Sb adatoms, nucleation sites for Fe growth are highly reduced on Sb-terminated Si(1 0 0) surfaces. We find that the sizes of islands grown on Sb-terminated surfaces are larger but the island densities are smaller than those grown on clean surfaces. Through the local I-V measurements on Fe islands, it was found that the conduction properties gradually changed from semiconducting to metallic as Fe coverage increased. It was explained in terms of the coalescence of Fe clusters and the formation of bulk metallic Fe films.
- Scanning tunnelling microscopy
- Scanning tunnelling spectroscopies
- Surface structure, morphology, roughness, and topography
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Surfaces and Interfaces