Real-time viewing of dynamic processes on CdTe surfaces at elevated temperature

David Smith, R. Vogl, Ping Lu

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    Online video recording with a high-resolution electron microscope has been used to study real-time atomic events occurring at cadmium telluride surfaces over a range of temperatures from 27°C to 500°C. Using the profile imaging mode of observation, different types of surface activity have been documented on (001), (111) and (110) surfaces. For example, the (001) surfaces displayed reversible phase transformations between 2×1 and 3×1 reconstruction at a transition temperature of about 200°C. The (111) surfaces exhibited sublimation by a ledge mechanism that depended upon the terminating surface: layer-by-layer removal invariably occurred for (110) surface terminations whereas bilayer removal was usually seen for terminations by (100) surfaces. Finally, the (110) surface rearranged by a hopping mechanism, but no substantial loss of material was observed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
    PublisherPubl by Materials Research Society
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)1558991905
    StatePublished - 1993
    EventSymposium on Atomic-scale Imaging of Surfaces and Interfaces -
    Duration: Nov 30 1992Dec 2 1992

    Publication series

    NameMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
    ISSN (Print)0272-9172


    OtherSymposium on Atomic-scale Imaging of Surfaces and Interfaces

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Materials Science
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Mechanical Engineering


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