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Geometrical and electronic structure of Pd clusters on graphite

Bovet, M. ; Boschung, E. ; Hayoz, J. ; Pillo, Th. ; Dietler, G. ; Aebi, Philipp

In: Surface Science, 2001, vol. 473, no. 1-2, p. 17-24

Pd clusters formed by physical vapor deposition at room temperature (RT) on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite were investigated by a combination of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and diffraction, angle-resolved ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy and calculations based on the local density functional theory. Different coverages with nominally 3, 5 and 10 Å... Plus

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    Summary
    Pd clusters formed by physical vapor deposition at room temperature (RT) on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite were investigated by a combination of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and diffraction, angle-resolved ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy and calculations based on the local density functional theory. Different coverages with nominally 3, 5 and 10 Å were studied after deposition at RT and after heat treatment at 600°C. Local ordering exhibiting growth with an fcc(1 1 1) orientation is already observed at the lowest coverage, but with no preferred azimuthal orientation in accordance with the substrate itself. However electronic structure features characteristic for a Pd(1 1 1) single crystal appear only after heat treatment.