Vibrations at 3C-SiC(001)-(3 x 2) surfaces
Laboratorium für Festkörperphysik, Gerhard-Mercator-Universität Duisburg, 47048
Published online: 15 May 1999
Si-terminated 3C-SiC(001) surfaces with () and () reconstructions were investigated by high-resolution electron energy-loss spectroscopy (HREELS), low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) and Auger electron spectroscopy. The surfaces were prepared by subsequent annealing steps after cleaning by heating in a Si flux. At ()-reconstructed surfaces, the HREELS intensity increases while the widths of the loss lines decrease with proceeding preparation. Eventually, weak loss structures at 380 and 700 cm-1 are detected besides the strong Fuchs-Kliewer phonon loss peaks. They are attributed to surface-localized vibrations, i.e., to stretching modes of on-top Si dimers and of C-Si-C groups, respectively. The weak features vanish after exposure to atomic deuterium, but reappear after subsequent annealing. At () reconstructed surfaces the HREELS lines are broadened and no surface-localized modes were resolved.
PACS: 68.35.Ja – Surface and interface dynamics and vibrations / 79.20.-m – Impact phenomena (including electron spectra and sputtering)
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 1999