In situ monitoring of ion sputtering and thermal annealing of crystalline surfaces using an oblique-incidence optical reflectance difference method

X. D. Zhu, E. Nabighian

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Abstract

We demonstrate that the morphology of crystalline surfaces during ion sputtering and thermal annealing can be monitored in situ with an oblique-incidence polarization-modulated optical reflectance difference technique. Such a technique is effective under high ambient pressures as well as ultrahigh vacuum. We studied the Ne ion sputtering and thermal annealing of Ni(111) from 623 to 823 K. We found that the rate-limiting step (with an activation energy of 1.1 eV/atom) during annealing is most likely to be direct evaporation of Ni atoms from step edges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2736-2738
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume73
Issue number19
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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