Chemically induced enhancement of nucleation in noble metal deposition

D. L. Allara, A. F. Hebard, F. J. Padden, R. G. Nuzzo, D. R. Falcone

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Organic disulfides, chemisorbed as monolayers on aluminum and silicon oxides, have been found to induce significant changes in the morphologies of thermally evaporated Au and Ag films for film thicknesses (mass average) up to 100-200 A. Measurements of the electrical conductivities as a function of film thickness show a marked shift of the onset of conduction to lower thickness for films deposited on treated substrates compared to films on untreated substrates. Transmission electron microscopy shows that the conductivities correlate qualitatively with sample morphology. In particular, films on treated substrates show metal cluster of higher densities which connect at lower coverages than do films on untreated substrates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)376-382
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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