Surface Raman and scanning tunneling microscopy study of the spatial distribution of corner-sharing and edge-sharing octahedra on thermally oxidized tungsten

Matthew J. Cote, Corey Radloff, Joseph M. Osman, Rebecca Bussjager, R. Martin Villarica, Fazio Nash, J. Chaiken

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Abstract

We have measured the dependence of the strength of Raman activity of polycrystalline m-WO3 on spot size at constant laser power density. These data are compared to surface area scaling measurements obtained using scanning tunneling microscopy. We argue that the spatial distribution of scattering centers is the complement of the spatial distribution of crystallographic shear (CS) structures on or near the oxide surface. Our results are consistent with there being an essentially uniform spatial distribution of scattering sites which implies the spatial distribution of defect sites is also uniform. At the laser power density involved and at the defect densities studied, we found no evidence suggesting a large amount of cooperativity in the formation of CS structures. These results suggest a qualitative description of the structure of common oxide surfaces in agreement with a basic assumption of the JMAK theory of first order phase transformations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)413-418
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
Volume495
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1997 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Nov 30 1997Dec 4 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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