Halo-like structures studied by atomic force microscopy

Alexis Hammer Sørensen, Anders Kyhle, L. Theil Hansen, Henrik Busch, L. Jin Christiansen, J. Mikkelsen, N. Herholdt-Rasmussen, Knud Aage Mørch, Jakob Bohr

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Nanometer-sized clusters of copper have been produced in a hollow cathode sputtering source and deposited on SiOx. Halo-like structures consisting of micrometer sized protrusions in the solicon oxide surface surrounded by thin rings of smaller particles are observed. The area in between seems to be depleted of particles. We propose that the halo-like structures are a result of electrostatic forces acting between the incoming charged clusters and charged regions on the surface. A simple computer simulation supports this suggestion.
Original languageEnglish
JournalZeitschrift fur Physik D
Pages (from-to)509-512
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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