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Sample preserving deep interface characterization technique
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2006 (English)In: Physical Review Letters, ISSN 0031-9007, Vol. 97, no 26, 266106- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We propose a nondestructive technique based on atomic core-level shifts to characterize the interface quality of thin film nanomaterials. Our method uses the inherent sensitivity of the atomic core-level binding energies to their local surroundings in order to probe the layer-resolved binary alloy composition profiles at deeply embedded interfaces. From an analysis based upon high energy x-ray photoemission spectroscopy and density functional theory of a Ni/Cu fcc (100) model system, we demonstrate that this technique is a sensitive tool to characterize the sharpness of a buried interface. We performed controlled interface tuning by gradually approaching the diffusion temperature of the multilayer, which lead to intermixing. We show that core-level spectroscopy directly reflects the changes in the electronic structure of the buried interfaces, which ultimately determines the functionality of the nanosized material.

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2006. Vol. 97, no 26, 266106- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-146644DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.97.266106ISI: 000243167300029OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-146644DiVA: diva2:399174
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