Interface chemistry and band bending induced by Pt deposition onto GaP(110)

Th Chassé*, W. Theis, T. P. Chen, D. A. Evans, K. Horn, C. Pettenkofer, W. Jaegermann

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The Pt/GaP(110) interface has been studied by core and valence level photoemission using synchrotron radiation. The results are characteristic of a reactive interface, where the GaP substrate is disrupted by the deposited platinum layer resulting in an increasing reacted Ga emission and a strong attenuation of the substrate Ga emission. The detailed analysis of band bending shows that Pt, being a high work-function material, nevertheless has a final pinning position which is close to that of other materials. The value for the Schottky barrier inferred from the photoemission data, Φbn is 1.56 eV. We observe a distortion of the equilibrium band arrangement by the incident photons, giving rise to a surface photovoltage even at room temperature. This effect can strongly influence the determination of surface band bending.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)472-477
Number of pages6
JournalSurface Science
Issue numberC
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jul 1991


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