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Laser-induced electronic desorption and structural changes on Si(001)-(2x1)
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We review desorption and structural changes on Si(001)-(2x1) surfaces induced by nanosecond laser irradiation with fluences well below thresholds of melting and ablation. Atomic imaging of the irradiated surface by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) has shown that bond breaking takes place at intrinsic lattice sites and at atomic sites neighboring vacancies, leading to newly generation of vacancies and sequential growth of vacancy clusters. The bond breaking selectively removes outermost Si-dimers, exposing 1x1 like new phase. Repeated irradiations with a fixed fluence enlarge the new phase region up to 80% of the total surface area with a constant. The major products by the bond breaking are Si atoms emitting with a fluence-independent translational energy distribution, indicating strongly that the bond breaking is a purely electronic. Both efficiencies of Si-desorption and vacancy formation follow a common superlinear function of excitation intensity and show strong photon energy dependence with a prominent peak at 2.7 eV. The electronic bond breaking is shown to originate from nonlinear localization of excited species in surface electronic states.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 March 2002
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4636, Nanoscience Using Laser-Solid Interactions, (18 March 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.459736
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Jun'ichi Kanasaki, Osaka City Univ. (Japan)
Katsumi Tanimura, Osaka Univ. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4636:
Nanoscience Using Laser-Solid Interactions
Kouichi Murakami; David B. Geohegan; Frank Traeger, Editor(s)

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