Iglesias, A.; Gierer, M.; Wolf, D.; Moritz, Wolfgang
Ordering of subsurface interstitial atoms in the Ge(113) surface studied by SPA-LEED.
In: Surface Science, Vol. 442, No. 3: pp. 357-373
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The surface order of the reconstructed Ge(113)-(3×2) phase was investigated by SPA-LEED (Spot Profile Analysis Low Energy Electron Diffraction). The LEED pattern exhibits very sharp (3×1) spots and broadened (3×2) spots which can be traced back to a disordered phase of interstitial atoms. At temperatures below 370 K, the (3×2) spots are split in the [11̄0] direction. A quantitative determination of the domain size distributions with the domain matrix method reveals that the split profiles can be explained with a non-geometrical distribution of (3×2) domains separated by antiphase domain boundaries. This may indicate a relief of surface stress at antiphase domain boundaries in the [11̄0] direction. Thereby, a fraction of 70±13\% of the surface is covered with (3×2) domains, while the remaining part consists of domain boundaries and (3×1) domains. For temperatures above 370 K, a splitting of the (3×2) spots is not observed, and the domain size distributions are geometric.