Strong chemisorption of mercury at the HgSi(111) interface

Dongqi Li, Jingsu Lin, Wei Li, Sunwoo Lee, G. Vidali, P. A. Dowben

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A strongly chemisorbed Hg species is observed following adsorption of Hg on Si(111) at 110 K. Photoemission intensities suggest that initial Hg adsorption occurs into subsurface sites. Mercury induces a √3 × √3 LEED pattern at moderate exposures (10-20 L) or upon annealing at 10 langmuir Hg exposures. At higher exposures (> 30 L), a LEED 1 × 1 pattern develops. Contrary to what is observed for mercury adsorption on several metal surfaces, some mercury atoms are still left on the Si surface even after flashing the crystal to 1250°C.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-78
Number of pages8
JournalSurface Science
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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