Pressure dependence of the interfacial structure of potassium chloride films on iron

D Olson and HY Gao and C Tang and WT Tysoe and A Martini, THIN SOLID FILMS, 593, 150-157 (2015).

DOI: 10.1016/j.tsf.2015.09.065

Potassium chloride films on a clean iron surface are used as a model system to explore the interfacial structure of the films and the dependence of that structure on film thickness and pressure. The interfacial structure of one-, two-, three- and four-layer films is measured experimentally using low-energy electron diffraction. Those findings are then complemented by molecular dynamics simulations in which the atomic interaction between the film and substrate is tuned to match film thickness-dependent sublimation activation energy obtained from temperature-programmed desorption measurements. The resultant simulation reliably predicts the structure of thicker films and is then used to study the effect of pressure on the distribution of the lattice constant within and between each layer of the potassium chloride films. Findings indicate that both film thickness and pressure affect the structure within the films as well as the degree of registry between the film and adjacent substrate. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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