Epitaxial relationships in electron-stimulated desorption processes at transition metal oxide surfaces

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The electron-stimulated desorption of oxygen from the surfaces of maximally-valent transition-metal oxides during electron microscope observation leads to the formation of the corresponding monoxide. The technique of surface profile imaging was used to follow the development of the monoxide, and revealed that these (metallic) phases invariably grew with a well-defined three-dimensional epitaxial relationship with the original oxide. Computer-drawn structural models enabled insight to be gained about the atomic rearrangement which took place during the monoxide growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)214-232
Number of pages19
JournalSurface Science
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Oct 3 1989


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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