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Title: Electronic effects at interfaces in Cu - Cr, Mo, Ta, Re Multilayers

Abstract

In this study we characterize electronic effects in short-period ({approx}20 {angstrom}) metallic multilayer films in which 40% of the atoms are at an interface using near-edge (L{sub 3,2}) x-ray absorption. This study investigates Cu/TM where TM = Cr, MO, W, Ta, Re. These immiscible elemental pairs are ideal to study as they form no compounds and exhibit terminal solid solubility. An interest in the charge transfer between elements in alloys and compounds has led to studies using x-ray absorption as described above. Near edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS), a technique used for analyzing x-ray absorption near the absorption edge of the element, is especially suited to study the amount of unoccupied states in the conduction band of a metal. The d-metals spectra show large peaks at the absorption edges called ''white lines.'' These are due to the unoccupied d-states just above the Fermi level in these metals. A study of the white lines in the 3d metals show that as the d-band is increasingly occupied the white lines decrease in intensity. Starting with Ti (3d{sup 2} 4s{sup 2}), which has an almost empty d-band and shows strong white lines, the white-line intensities decrease across the Periodic Chart to Cumore » (3d{sup 10} 4s{sup 1}), which has a full d-band and no white lines. Systematic measurement of the L{sub 3,2} absorption spectra of bulk elemental Cu and Cu in the Cu/TM multilayers enabled measurement of the charge transfer. NEXAFS on metallic multilayers has received less attention than alloys because of the difficulty in synthesizing multilayers with controllability up to the monolayer level and because there is little difference between the signal from the bulk and from longer period (> 30 {angstrom}) multilayers. For high-quality short period multilayers, however, the difference is clear. This is highlighted in a study of short period Co/Cu multilayers, where the electronic density of states of Cu in Cu/Co greatly differed from that of bulk Cu. The difference was attributed to both charge transfer and band structure changes of the interface atoms. Short period Cu/Fe was the subject of another NEXAFS study, where the signal from a periodic Cu(3 {angstrom})/Fe(10 {angstrom}) multilayer was compared with that of a periodic Cu(10 {angstrom})/Fe(3 {angstrom}) multilayer. The difference was attributed to the different structure of the Cu in each sample. Cu was BCC in one and was FCC in the other.« less

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Defense Programs (DP) (US)
OSTI Identifier:
13882
Report Number(s):
UCRL-ID-130781; EE0203000
EE0203000; TRN: AH200135%%558
DOE Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 28 Jun 1999
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; ABSORPTION; ABSORPTION SPECTRA; ALLOYS; ATOMS; D STATES; FERMI LEVEL; FINE STRUCTURE; SOLUBILITY; SPECTRA

Citation Formats

Barbee, T W, Bello, A F, Klepeis, J E, and Van Buuren, T. Electronic effects at interfaces in Cu - Cr, Mo, Ta, Re Multilayers. United States: N. p., 1999. Web. doi:10.2172/13882.
Barbee, T W, Bello, A F, Klepeis, J E, & Van Buuren, T. Electronic effects at interfaces in Cu - Cr, Mo, Ta, Re Multilayers. United States. doi:10.2172/13882.
Barbee, T W, Bello, A F, Klepeis, J E, and Van Buuren, T. Mon . "Electronic effects at interfaces in Cu - Cr, Mo, Ta, Re Multilayers". United States. doi:10.2172/13882. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/13882.
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author = {Barbee, T W and Bello, A F and Klepeis, J E and Van Buuren, T},
abstractNote = {In this study we characterize electronic effects in short-period ({approx}20 {angstrom}) metallic multilayer films in which 40% of the atoms are at an interface using near-edge (L{sub 3,2}) x-ray absorption. This study investigates Cu/TM where TM = Cr, MO, W, Ta, Re. These immiscible elemental pairs are ideal to study as they form no compounds and exhibit terminal solid solubility. An interest in the charge transfer between elements in alloys and compounds has led to studies using x-ray absorption as described above. Near edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS), a technique used for analyzing x-ray absorption near the absorption edge of the element, is especially suited to study the amount of unoccupied states in the conduction band of a metal. The d-metals spectra show large peaks at the absorption edges called ''white lines.'' These are due to the unoccupied d-states just above the Fermi level in these metals. A study of the white lines in the 3d metals show that as the d-band is increasingly occupied the white lines decrease in intensity. Starting with Ti (3d{sup 2} 4s{sup 2}), which has an almost empty d-band and shows strong white lines, the white-line intensities decrease across the Periodic Chart to Cu (3d{sup 10} 4s{sup 1}), which has a full d-band and no white lines. Systematic measurement of the L{sub 3,2} absorption spectra of bulk elemental Cu and Cu in the Cu/TM multilayers enabled measurement of the charge transfer. NEXAFS on metallic multilayers has received less attention than alloys because of the difficulty in synthesizing multilayers with controllability up to the monolayer level and because there is little difference between the signal from the bulk and from longer period (> 30 {angstrom}) multilayers. For high-quality short period multilayers, however, the difference is clear. This is highlighted in a study of short period Co/Cu multilayers, where the electronic density of states of Cu in Cu/Co greatly differed from that of bulk Cu. The difference was attributed to both charge transfer and band structure changes of the interface atoms. Short period Cu/Fe was the subject of another NEXAFS study, where the signal from a periodic Cu(3 {angstrom})/Fe(10 {angstrom}) multilayer was compared with that of a periodic Cu(10 {angstrom})/Fe(3 {angstrom}) multilayer. The difference was attributed to the different structure of the Cu in each sample. Cu was BCC in one and was FCC in the other.},
doi = {10.2172/13882},
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place = {United States},
year = {Mon Jun 28 00:00:00 EDT 1999},
month = {Mon Jun 28 00:00:00 EDT 1999}
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