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Title:X -Ray Studies of Metal Thin Film Growth on Semiconductors
Author(s):Basile, Leonardo A.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Chiang, Tai-Chang
Department / Program:Physics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Physics, Condensed Matter
Abstract:X-ray reflectivity measurements have been performed for an investigation of the structure of Ag films deposited in situ on Ge(111) over the thickness range of 3--15 monolayers. The films deposited at a substrate temperature of 110 K are not well ordered, but become well ordered upon annealing, as evidenced by substantial changes in the x-ray reflectivity data. The thickness distribution for each annealed film, deduced from a fit to the reflectivity data, is remarkably narrow, with just two or three adjacent discrete thicknesses present, despite the large lattice mismatch between Ag and Ge. In some cases, the film thickness is nearly atomically uniform. The results are discussed in connection with recent models and theories of electronic effects on the growth of ultrathin metal films.
Issue Date:2005
Description:91 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3182221
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2005

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