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Abstract

Scanning tunneling microscopy revealed a quasi-one-dimensional periodic island structure on the clean Pt(110)-(1 X 2) surface. The period is about 1500 angstroms. As indicated by several test experiments, the structure corresponds to the thermodynamic equilibrium. This spontaneous island formation is attributed to mesoscopic self-organization induced by the intrinsic surface stress. It is demonstrated that such mesoscopic structures allow determination of the absolute surface stress. The present result agrees with ab initio calculations.

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Authors: HANESCH P, Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Garching bei München (DE);BERTEL E, Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Garching bei München (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Physical Review Letters, Vol. 79 (1997) No. 8, pp. 1523-1526
Record Number: 199810242 / Last updated on: 1998-03-09
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en