Applied Physics A

, Volume 47, Issue 1, pp 99–102 | Cite as

Atomic scale characterization of oxygen adsorbates on Al(111) by scanning tunneling microscopy

  • J. Wintterlin
  • H. Brune
  • H. Höfer
  • R. J. Behm


We present atomic scale STM pictures of clean and oxygen containing Al(111) surfaces. Little influence of the surface oxygen on the topography of the surfaces is found. Three different oxygen species can be distinguished. One of them is associated with adsorbed oxygen and found to grow in small islands upon adsorption at 300 K. Characteristic hexagonal nuclei, created upon annealing of a dilute oxygen adlayer, represent the second one. By comparison with existing spectroscopic data these are assigned to nuclei of a surface oxide.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Wintterlin
    • 1
  • H. Brune
    • 1
  • H. Höfer
    • 1
  • R. J. Behm
    • 1
  1. 1.Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-GesellschaftBerlin 33

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