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Oxidation of Ni60Fe40(100) in the presence of sulfur

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The effect of adsorbed sulfur on the initial oxidation of a Ni6oFe4O(100) alloy surface has been studied at 100 and 500 °C using low energy electron diffraction (LEED) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES). Measurements of the oxygen uptake rate have been made as a function of sulfur coverage at each temperature. Within the 02 exposure range studied, the uptake of 02 is observed to be inhibited by an ordered c{2x2) sulfur phase at 0.5 monolayers coverage, independent of temperature. For sulfur coverages below 0.5 monolayers, an Fe-rich surface oxide forms with a composition and morphology dependent on the sample temperature. The experimental observations suggest that at 500 °C, sulfur-free oxide islands grow interspersed between c(2x2)S domains whereas at 100 °C, the adsorbed sulfur layer becomes overgrown by coalesced oxide. The mechanisms of oxide nucleation and growth are related to the existence of different phases of the chemisorbed sulfur + oxygen layer as previously studied. © 1985, American Vacuum Society. All rights reserved.

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01 Jan 1985

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