Embedded foreign atom interactions and cluster configurations: Co/Cu(001)

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At low coverages (~0.03 ML) of Co on Cu(001) and intermediate temperatures (300-380K), small clusters composed of embedded Co atoms coexist with larger adatom islands. The configurations and concentrations of the former have been analyzed, assuming (local) equilibrium. The observations of fluctuations of the shape/confiugrations of small embedded clusters encourage this assumption. Taking into account configuration entropy and assuming pairwise interactions leads to a surprisingly accurate description of the relative occurrence of monomers, dimers, trimers and tetramers. The same applies for the probability distribution of the various configurations of dimers, trimers and tetramers. These findings suggest an à posteriori confirmation of local equilibrium. The embedded Co-Co interactions have been found attractive for both nearest neighbour (NN) and next nearest neighbour (NNN) interactions. The latter (-93+/-5 meV) is twice as strong as the NN-interaction (-45+/-10 meV), which explains the predominance of observed c(2x2) building blocks in the clusters. With inclusion of NN- and NNN-interactions only moderate agreement between calculations and experiments is achieved. Adding a next-next nearest neighbour (NNNN) interaction term of -20+/-10 meV results in a very convincing fit of the configuration distributions of both trimers and tetramers.
Period30 Mar 2006
Event titleDPG Frühjahrstagung 2006 Dresden: (DPG Spring Meeting)
Event typeConference
OrganiserDeutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft
LocationDresden, GermanyShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


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