Oscillatory interaction of steps on W(110)\

Wei Xu, James B. Adams, T. Einstein

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Using a modified fourth-moment approximation to tight-binding theory, we have carried out a systematic study of the energetics of steps and kinks on the W(110)\ surface. This model predicts an oscillatory interaction (as a function of separation) between isolated stable steps on the W(110)\ surface, whereas previous studies of step-step interactions on late transition and noble metals with the embedded atom method found a purely repulsive, inverse-square decay. The oscillations are similar to those found by scanning tunneling microscope measurements of vicinal Cu(100)\ and Ag(110)\ systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2910-2916
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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