We report on self-organized solid-phase epitaxially grown Ti- and Co-silicide nanoislands ordered along step-bunch edges of a vicinal Si(111) surface, as a function of the initial metal (Ti,Co) coverage. While the degree of self-ordering (in terms of step decoration) for Co-silicide islands was higher than for Ti-silicide islands, both types of island had an inverse dependence of the order parameter on coverage. In addition, the positions of the island sites were found to be correlated, and affected by the step-island and island-island interactions, leading to their alignment along the step-bunch 110 directions, even for the terrace islands. Aberration-corrected high-resolution transmission electron microscopy was used to characterize the islands' crystal structure and growth orientation. The above findings can be understood by the use of coarse-grain modeling.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - 11 Apr 2011|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics