Tip-Dependent Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Imaging of Ultrathin FeO Films on Pt(111)

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  • Lindsay Richard Merte, Denmark
  • Lars C. Grabow, University of Houston, United States
  • Guowen Peng, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States
  • Jan Knudsen, Denmark
  • Helene Zeuthen, Denmark
  • Wilhelmine Kudernatsch, Denmark
  • Søren Porsgaard, Denmark
  • Erik Lægsgaard, Denmark
  • Manos Mavrikakis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States
  • Flemming Besenbacher
  • iNano-School
  • Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy
High-resolution scanning tunneling microscope (STM) images of moiré-structured FeO films on Pt(111) were obtained in a number of different tip-dependent imaging modes. For the first time, the STM images are distinguished and interpreted unambiguously with the help of distinct oxygen-vacancy dislocation loops in the FeO moiré structure. The experimental STM results are compared with the results of electronic structure calculations within the DFT+U scheme for a realistic (sqrt(91)xsqrt(91)R5.2 moiré unit cell supported on Pt(111) as well as with the results from previous studies. We find that one type of STM imaging mode, showing both Fe and O atoms, agrees well with simulated STM images, indicating that the simple Tersoff-Hamann theory is partially valid for this imaging mode. In addition, we identify other distinct, element-specific imaging modes which reveal a strong dependence on the specific tip apex state and likely result from specific tip-sample chemical interactions. From the present STM results we show that several of the previously published conclusions for the FeO system have to be revisited.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Part C: Nanomaterials and Interfaces
Pages (from-to)2089-2099
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2011

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