The reduction and oxidation of epitaxial Fe3O4 films grown by reactive deposition on a Fe-p(1 × 1)O surface have been investigated by means of Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), low energy electron diffraction (LEED) and scanning tunneling microcopy (STM). The as-grown iron oxide samples display a square LEED pattern with a lattice constant compatible with a p(1 × 1) bulk terminated Fe3O4(001) surface. STM topographic images of Fe3O4 are characterized by atomically flat terraces separated by highly oriented steps running along the (010) and (100) crystallographic directions of the substrate. Upon annealing at 800 K in an ultra-high vacuum, AES reveals that magnetite transforms to tát FeO. The sample exposes the (001) surface of the rock salt structure, with a lattice parameter close to tát that of bulk wüstite. The Fe3O4 phase can be recovered by oxidation at 10−6 mbar of molecular oxygen.
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- 18 Dec 2020
- 12 Mar 2021
- First published
- 19 Mar 2021
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RSC Adv., 2021,11, 11513-11518
Reversible metamorphosis from Fe3O4 to tát FeO of epitaxial iron oxide films grown on the Fe-p(1 × 1)O surface
M. Capra, A. Lodesani, A. Brambilla, M. Finazzi, L. Duò, F. Ciccacci and A. Picone, RSC Adv., 2021, 11, 11513 DOI: 10.1039/D0RA10650J
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