Dynamics of Au-induced nanowires on Ge(001)

T.F. Mocking, D. Stam, Bene Poelsema, Henricus J.W. Zandvliet

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We have studied the dynamics of Au-induced nanowires on Ge(001) using scanning tunnelling microscopy. The ridges of these nanowires consist of buckled dimers that have their dimer bond aligned in a direction perpendicular to the nanowire direction. Neighbouring dimers have a preference to buckle in an opposite direction, leading to rows with a zigzag appearance. Dimers located at anti-phase boundaries continuously flip back and forth between their two buckled configurations. This process is thermally induced and occurs at an average frequency of 25 Hz at room temperature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2021-2023
Number of pages3
JournalSurface science
Issue number21-22
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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