The structure of the electrochemically deposited Pb monolayer on Cu(111) in 0.1M HCIO4 was studied using in situ surface x-ray diffraction. The Pb monolayer forms an unrotated incommensurate hexagonal structure. The nearest-neighbor spacing of the Pb monolayer compresses continuously from 1.4% to 3.2% of the bulk spacing as the electrode potential is varied, with no apparent tendency to lock in. The measured isothermal two-dimensional (2D) compressibility of the Pb monolayer, 0.95±0.07 Å2/eV, is in good agreement with the value expected from the 2D free-electron gas model. The surface normal structure of the Pb monolayer on Cu( 111) was studied using reflectivity measurements. Fitting analysis based on a layered model revealed a contracted Pb-Cu spacing and an expanded topmost Cu layer. Unlike the in-plane structure, the surface normal structure showed little potential dependence.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics