Evidence of subsurface oxygen vacancy ordering on reduced CeO2(111)

Autor(en): Torbruegge, Stefan
Reichling, Michael 
Ishiyama, Atsushi
Morita, Seizo
Custance, Oscar
Stichwörter: ATOMIC-FORCE MICROSCOPY; CERIA; Physics; Physics, Multidisciplinary; SURFACES
Erscheinungsdatum: 2007
Herausgeber: AMER PHYSICAL SOC
Journal: PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS
Volumen: 99
Ausgabe: 5
Zusammenfassung: 
Surface and subsurface oxygen vacancies on the slightly reduced CeO2(111) surface have been studied by atomic resolution dynamic force microscopy at 80 K. Both types of defect are clearly identified by the comparison of the observed topographic features with the corresponding structures predicted from recent first-principles calculations. By combining two simultaneously acquired signals (the topography and the energy dissipated from the cantilever oscillation), we are able to unambiguously locate subsurface oxygen vacancies buried at the third surface atomic layer. We report evidence of local ordering of these subsurface defects that suggests the existence of a delicate balance between subtle interactions among adjacent subsurface oxygen vacancy structures.
ISSN: 00319007
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.99.056101

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