The structure of an ultrathin VOx (x approximate to 1) film grown epitaxially on TiO2 (110)

Michela Della Negra, Mauro Sambi, Gaetano Granozzi

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The analysis by means of multiple scattering cluster (MSC) calculations of full 2p V 2p, Ti 2p and O 1s X-ray photoelectron diffraction ( XPD) patterns from an ultrathin film (~4 ML) of VOx (x#1) deposited on the (1×1)-TiO2 (110) (rutile) surface leads to a detailed determination of the structure and orientation of the overlayer and of its epitaxial relationship with the substrate. The comparison of XPD experimental data to theoretical simulations confirms the NaCl-like stacking of the overlayer which is suggested by the direct observation of the experimental 2p plots and reveals its (100) orientation. The [001] azimuth of the overlayer is aligned with the [1: 12] direction on the substrate surface and the overlayer experiences an orthorhombic tensile strain (+7%) in order to match the substrate epitaxially, with a consequent 12–16% vertical interlayer spacing contraction. The atomic scale morphology of the (1×1)-TiO2 (110) surface induces a strong buckling in the overlayer along the [1: 10] substrate direction [0.5±0.1A°]. © 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Keyword: Titanium oxide,Surface structure,Photoelectron diffraction,Roughness,Morphology,Vanadium oxide,Epitaxy,Topography
Original languageEnglish
JournalSurface Science
Pages (from-to)118-128
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

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