Formation of Atomically Flat Silver Films on GaAs with a "Silver Mean" Quasi Periodicity

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Science  12 Jul 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5272, pp. 226-228
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5272.226


A flat epitaxial silver film on a gallium arsenide [GaAs(110)] surface was synthesized in a two-step process. Deposition of a critical thickness of silver at low temperature led to the formation of a dense nanocluster film. Upon annealing, all atoms rearranged themselves into an atomically flat film. This silver film has a close-packed (111) structure modulated by a “silver mean” quasi-periodic sequence. The ability to grow such epitaxial overlayers of metals on semiconductors enables the testing of theoretical models and provides a connection between metal and semiconductor technologies.

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