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  • 2020 • 176 Impact of electron solvation on ice structures at the molecular scale
    Bertram, C. and Auburger, P. and Bockstedte, M. and Stähler, J. and Bovensiepen, U. and Morgenstern, K.
    Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 11 1310-1316 (2020)
    Electron attachment and solvation at ice structures are well-known phenomena. The energy liberated in such events is commonly understood to cause temporary changes at such ice structures, but it may also trigger permanent modifications to a yet unknown extent. We determine the impact of electron solvation on D2O structures adsorbed on Cu(111) with low-Temperature scanning tunneling microscopy, two-photon photoemission, and ab initio theory. Solvated electrons, generated by ultraviolet photons, lead not only to transient but also to permanent structural changes through the rearrangement of individual molecules. The persistent changes occur near sites with a high density of dangling OD groups that facilitate electron solvation. We conclude that energy dissipation during solvation triggers permanent molecular rearrangement via vibrational excitation. Copyright © 2020 American Chemical Society.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.9b03723
  • 2020 • 175 Could face-centered cubic titanium in cold-rolled commercially-pure titanium only be a Ti-hydride?
    Chang, Y. and Zhang, S. and Liebscher, C.H. and Dye, D. and Ponge, D. and Scheu, C. and Dehm, G. and Raabe, D. and Gault, B. and Lu, W.
    Scripta Materialia 178 39-43 (2020)
    A face-centered cubic (FCC) phase in electro-polished specimens for transmission electron microscopy of commercially pure titanium has sometimes been reported. Here, a combination of atom-probe tomography, scanning transmission electron microscopy and low-loss electron energy loss spectroscopy is employed to study both the crystal structural and chemical composition of this FCC phase. Our results prove that the FCC phase is actually a TiHx (x ≥ 1) hydride, and not a new allotrope of Ti, in agreement with previous reports. The formation of the hydride is discussed. © 2019 Acta Materialia Inc.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.scriptamat.2019.11.010
  • 2020 • 174 Inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy for probing strongly correlated many-body systems by scanning tunneling microscopy
    Eickhoff, F. and Kolodzeiski, E. and Esat, T. and Fournier, N. and Wagner, C. and Deilmann, T. and Temirov, R. and Rohlfing, M. and Tautz, F.S. and Anders, F.B.
    Physical Review B 101 (2020)
    We present an extension of the tunneling theory for scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to include different types of electron-vibrational couplings responsible for inelastic contributions to the tunnel current in the strong-coupling limit. It allows for a better understanding of more complex scanning tunneling spectra of molecules on a metallic substrate in separating elastic and inelastic contributions. The starting point is the exact solution of the spectral functions for the electronically active local orbitals in the absence of the STM tip. This includes electron-phonon coupling in the coupled system comprising the molecule and the substrate to arbitrary order including the antiadiabatic strong-coupling regime as well as the Kondo effect on a free-electron spin of the molecule. The tunneling current is derived in second order of the tunneling matrix element which is expanded in powers of the relevant vibrational displacements. We use the results of an ab initio calculation for the single-particle electronic properties as an adapted material-specific input for a numerical renormalization group approach for accurately determining the electronic properties of a 1,4,5,8-naphthalene-Tetracarboxylic acid dianhydride molecule on Ag(111) as a challenging sample system for our theory. Our analysis shows that the mismatch between the ab initio many-body calculation of the tunnel current in the absence of any electron-phonon coupling to the experimental scanning tunneling spectra can be resolved by including two mechanisms: (i) a strong unconventional Holstein term on the local substrate orbital leads to the reduction of the Kondo temperature and (ii) a further electron-vibrational coupling to the tunneling matrix element is responsible for inelastic steps in the dI/dV curve at finite frequencies. © 2020 American Physical Society.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.101.125405
  • 2020 • 173 Characterization of a transient spark micro-discharge in nitrogen using simultaneous two-wavelength diagnostics
    Gröger, S. and Fiebrandt, M. and Hamme, M. and Bibinov, N. and Awakowicz, P.
    Measurement Science and Technology 31 (2020)
    A transient spark micro-discharge in nitrogen is investigated between two sharpened electrodes at a pressure of 0.5 bar. The plasma parameters (gas temperature, electron density and reduced electric field) are determined using optical emission spectroscopy (OES) and numerical simulations. The gas temperature of 3500 ± 100 K is determined by the comparison of the measured and simulated rotational distributions of the photoemission spectra of neutral molecular nitrogen N2(C-B,0-0). Both direct and stepwise electron impact excitation are considered in the collision-radiative model. The rate constants for electron impact excitation processes are calculated for different electric field values using the electron velocity distribution function, which is simulated by solving the Boltzmann equation. The applied broadband echelle spectrometer is absolutely calibrated in a spectral range of 200 nm to 800 nm, using two standard light sources, a deuterium lamp and a tungsten ribbon lamp, which are certificated by the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Germany. With the aid of this absolutely calibrated echelle spectrometer and a microwave atmospheric plasma source operated in a nitrogen flow, the intensified charge-coupled device (ICCD) camera, provided with an in-house made optical arrangement for simultaneous two-wavelength diagnostic is calibrated. The spatial resolution of this diagnostic system under the studied plasma conditions amounts to 13 m. The accurate examination of the experimental results allows determining the dominant process of electron impact excitation of molecular nitrogen ion from ionic ground state. Applying the chosen excitation model of the nitrogen photoemission, the spatially resolved reduced electric field and the electron density are determined. This is done by using the inverse Abel transformation of the absolute intensities of molecular nitrogen bands N2(C-B,0-0) and N2 + (B-X,0-0), which were measured with the calibrated ICCD camera. The measured electric current of the micro-discharge is compared with the calculated one using the measured plasma parameters and a good coincidence is established. © 2020 The Author(s). Published by IOP Publishing Ltd.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/1361-6501/ab7e69
  • 2020 • 172 Electron correlation and spin transition
    Herper, H.C. and Brena, B. and Puglia, C. and Bhandary, S. and Wende, H. and Eriksson, O. and Sanyal, B.
    SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology 35-43 (2020)
    Theoretical treatment of functional metalorganics is non-trivial for the metal centers with narrow bands (3d, 4d of transition metals or 4f bands of rare-earth metals), featuring a sizeable Coulomb interaction. An interplay between crystal field, spin-orbit coupling and Coulomb interaction expresses the properties of the molecule. Correlated metal centers, immersed in the electron bath of organic ring makes it ideal to treat with Anderson’s impurity model. In this chapter, we will focus on the description of electron correlation in functional metalorganics with the aid of density functional theory, combined with a many body approach. For most of the illustrative purposes, we will consider iron porphyrin (FeP) molecule. The chapter will reveal the importance of the treatment of explicit electron correlation in order to accurately identify the spin transition, magnetic anisotropy, Kondo effect etc., which are key ingredients for molecular spintronics and electronics. © The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1007/978-981-15-3719-6_5
  • 2020 • 171 Effect of electric current on the optical orientation of interface electrons in AlGaAs/GaAs heterostructures
    Ken, O.S. and Zhukov, E.A. and Akimov, I.A. and Korenev, V.L. and Kopteva, N.E. and Kalitukha, I.V. and Sapega, V.F. and Wieck, A.D. and Ludwig, Ar. and Schott, R. and Kusrayev, Y.G. and Yakovlev, D.R. and Bayer, M.
    Physical Review B 102 (2020)
    The effect of a lateral electric current on the photoluminescence H band of an AlGaAs/GaAs heterostructure is investigated. The photoluminescence intensity and optical orientation of electrons contributing to the H band are studied by means of continuous-wave and time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy and time-resolved Kerr rotation. It is shown that the H band is due to recombination of the heavy holes localized at the heterointerface with photoexcited electrons attracted to the heterointerface from the GaAs layer. Two lines with significantly different decay times constitute the H band: a short-lived high-energy one and a long-lived low-energy one. The high-energy line originates from recombination of electrons freely moving along the structure plane, while the low-energy one is due to recombination of donor-bound electrons near the interface. Application of a lateral electric field of ∼100-200 V/cm results in a quenching of both lines. This quenching is due to a decrease of electron concentration near the heterointerface as a result of a photocurrent-induced heating of electrons in the GaAs layer. On the contrary, electrons near the heterointerface are effectively cooled, so the donors near the interface are not completely empty up to ∼100 V/cm, which is in stark contrast with the case of bulk materials. The optical spin polarization of the donor-bound electrons near the heterointerface weakly depends on the electric field. Their polarization kinetics is determined by the spin dephasing in the hyperfine fields of the lattice nuclei. The long spin memory time (>40 ns) can be associated with suppression of the Bir-Aronov-Pikus mechanism of spin relaxation for electrons. © 2020 American Physical Society.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.102.045302
  • 2020 • 170 Irreversible Structural Changes of Copper Hexacyanoferrate Used as a Cathode in Zn-Ion Batteries
    Lim, J. and Kasiri, G. and Sahu, R. and Schweinar, K. and Hengge, K. and Raabe, D. and La Mantia, F. and Scheu, C.
    Chemistry - A European Journal 26 4917-4922 (2020)
    The structural changes of copper hexacyanoferrate (CuHCF), a Prussian blue analogue, which occur when used as a cathode in an aqueous Zn-ion battery, are investigated using electron microscopy techniques. The evolution of ZnxCu1−xHCF phases possessing wire and cubic morphologies from initial CuHCF nanoparticles are monitored after hundreds of cycles. Irreversible introduction of Zn ions to CuHCF is revealed locally using scanning transmission electron microscopy. A substitution mechanism is proposed to explain the increasing Zn content within the cathode material while simultaneously the Cu content is lowered during Zn-ion battery cycling. The present study demonstrates that the irreversible introduction of Zn ions is responsible for the decreasing Zn ion capacity of the CuHCF cathode in high electrolyte concentration. © 2019 The Authors. Published by Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1002/chem.201905384
  • 2020 • 169 Radiative Auger process in the single-photon limit
    Löbl, M.C. and Spinnler, C. and Javadi, A. and Zhai, L. and Nguyen, G.N. and Ritzmann, J. and Midolo, L. and Lodahl, P. and Wieck, A.D. and Ludwig, Ar. and Warburton, R.J.
    Nature Nanotechnology 15 558-562 (2020)
    In a multi-electron atom, an excited electron can decay by emitting a photon. Typically, the leftover electrons are in their ground state. In a radiative Auger process, the leftover electrons are in an excited state and a redshifted photon is created1–4. In a semiconductor quantum dot, radiative Auger is predicted for charged excitons5. Here we report the observation of radiative Auger on trions in single quantum dots. For a trion, a photon is created on electron–hole recombination, leaving behind a single electron. The radiative Auger process promotes this additional (Auger) electron to a higher shell of the quantum dot. We show that the radiative Auger effect is a powerful probe of this single electron: the energy separations between the resonance fluorescence and the radiative Auger emission directly measure the single-particle splittings of the electronic states in the quantum dot with high precision. In semiconductors, these single-particle splittings are otherwise hard to access by optical means as particles are excited typically in pairs, as excitons. After the radiative Auger emission, the Auger carrier relaxes back to the lowest shell. Going beyond the original theoretical proposals, we show how applying quantum optics techniques to the radiative Auger photons gives access to the single-electron dynamics, notably relaxation and tunnelling. This is also hard to access by optical means: even for quasi-resonant p-shell excitation, electron relaxation takes place in the presence of a hole, complicating the relaxation dynamics. The radiative Auger effect can be exploited in other semiconductor nanostructures and quantum emitters in the solid state to determine the energy levels and the dynamics of a single carrier. © 2020, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Limited.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1038/s41565-020-0697-2
  • 2020 • 168 Soft X-ray diffraction patterns measured by a LiF detector with sub-micrometre resolution and an ultimate dynamic range
    Makarov, S. and Pikuz, S. and Ryazantsev, S. and Pikuz, T. and Buzmakov, A. and Rose, M. and Lazarev, S. and Senkbeil, T. and Von Gundlach, A. and Stuhr, S. and Rumancev, C. and Dzhigaev, D. and Skopintsev, P. and Zaluzhnyy, I. an...
    Journal of Synchrotron Radiation 27 625-632 (2020)
    The unique diagnostic possibilities of X-ray diffraction, small X-ray scattering and phase-contrast imaging techniques applied with high-intensity coherent X-ray synchrotron and X-ray free-electron laser radiation can only be fully realized if a sufficient dynamic range and/or spatial resolution of the detector is available. In this work, it is demonstrated that the use of lithium fluoride (LiF) as a photoluminescence (PL) imaging detector allows measuring of an X-ray diffraction image with a dynamic range of ∼107 within the sub-micrometre spatial resolution. At the PETRA III facility, the diffraction pattern created behind a circular aperture with a diameter of 5μm irradiated by a beam with a photon energy of 500eV was recorded on a LiF crystal. In the diffraction pattern, the accumulated dose was varied from 1.7 × 105Jcm-3 in the central maximum to 2 × 10-2Jcm-3 in the 16th maximum of diffraction fringes. The period of the last fringe was measured with 0.8μm width. The PL response of the LiF crystal being used as a detector on the irradiation dose of 500eV photons was evaluated. For the particular model of laser-scanning confocal microscope Carl Zeiss LSM700, used for the readout of the PL signal, the calibration dependencies on the intensity of photopumping (excitation) radiation (λ = 488nm) and the gain have been obtained. © 2020. J. Synchrotron Rad.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1107/S1600577520002192
  • 2020 • 167 Tracking the ultrafast nonequilibrium energy flow between electronic and lattice degrees of freedom in crystalline nickel
    Maldonado, P. and Chase, T. and Reid, A.H. and Shen, X. and Li, R.K. and Carva, K. and Payer, T. and Horn Von Hoegen, M. and Sokolowski-Tinten, K. and Wang, X.J. and Oppeneer, P.M. and Dürr, H.A.
    Physical Review B 101 (2020)
    Femtosecond laser excitation of solid-state systems creates out-of-equilibrium hot electrons that cool down by transferring their energy to other degrees of freedom and ultimately to lattice vibrations of the solid. By combining ab initio calculations with ultrafast diffuse electron scattering, we gain a detailed understanding of the complex nonequilibrium energy transfer between electrons and phonons in laser-excited Ni metal. Our experimental results show that the wave-vector-resolved population dynamics of phonon modes is distinctly different throughout the Brillouin zone and are in remarkable agreement with our theoretical results. We find that zone-boundary phonon modes become occupied first. As soon as the energy in these modes becomes larger than the average electron energy, a backflow of energy from lattice to electronic degrees of freedom occurs. Subsequent excitation of lower-energy phonon modes drives the thermalization of the whole system on the picosecond time scale. We determine the evolving nonequilibrium phonon occupations, which we find to deviate markedly from thermal occupations. © 2020 authors. Published by the American Physical Society. Published by the American Physical Society under the terms of the "" Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. Further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the published article's title, journal citation, and DOI. Funded by "" Bibsam.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.101.100302
  • 2020 • 166 Coherence of a Driven Electron Spin Qubit Actively Decoupled from Quasistatic Noise
    Nakajima, T. and Noiri, A. and Kawasaki, K. and Yoneda, J. and Stano, P. and Amaha, S. and Otsuka, T. and Takeda, K. and Delbecq, M.R. and Allison, G. and Ludwig, Ar. and Wieck, A.D. and Loss, D. and Tarucha, S.
    Physical Review X 10 (2020)
    The coherence of electron spin qubits in semiconductor quantum dots suffers mostly from low-frequency noise. During the past decade, efforts have been devoted to mitigate such noise by material engineering, leading to substantial enhancement of the spin dephasing time for an idling qubit. However, the role of the environmental noise during spin manipulation, which determines the control fidelity, is less understood. We demonstrate an electron spin qubit whose coherence in the driven evolution is limited by high-frequency charge noise rather than the quasistatic noise inherent to any semiconductor device. We employ a feedback-control technique to actively suppress the latter, demonstrating a π-flip gate fidelity as high as 99.04±0.23% in a gallium arsenide quantum dot. We show that the driven-evolution coherence is limited by the longitudinal noise at the Rabi frequency, whose spectrum resembles the 1/f noise observed in isotopically purified silicon qubits. © 2020 authors. Published by the American Physical Society.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1103/PhysRevX.10.011060
  • 2020 • 165 Highly charged ion impact on graphene leading to the emission of low energy electrons
    Schwestka, J. and Niggas, A. and Creutzburg, S. and Kozubek, R. and Madauß, L. and Heller, R. and Schleberger, M. and Facsko, S. and Wilhelm, R.A. and Aumayr, F.
    Journal of Physics: Conference Series 1412 (2020)
    Recent experiments found that the neutralisation of highly charged ions interacting with a freestanding single layer of graphene proceeds on a femtosecond time scale. This ultra-fast deexcitation was attributed to Interatomic Coulombic Decay (ICD), a process in which core holes in the projectile are filled by previously captured outer electrons and the energy is transferred to electrons of the surrounding carbon atoms. ICD therefore predicts the emission of many low energy electrons. We now present experimental evidence that e.g. Xe40+ indeed emits up to 85 electrons with energies below 20 eV. © 2019 Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/1742-6596/1412/20/202012
  • 2020 • 164 On the assessment of creep damage evolution in nickel-based superalloys through correlative HR-EBSD and cECCI studies
    Sulzer, S. and Li, Z. and Zaefferer, S. and Hafez Haghighat, S.M. and Wilkinson, A. and Raabe, D. and Reed, R.
    Acta Materialia 185 13-27 (2020)
    The evolution of dislocation density with creep strain in single-crystal superalloys is studied quantitatively using high-resolution electron backscatter diffraction (HR-EBSD) and electron channelling contrast imaging under controlled diffraction conditions (cECCI). Data regarding dislocation density/structure is measured for deformation at 900 °C and 450 MPa up to ≈ 1% plastic strain. Effects of chemical composition are elucidated via three purpose-designed superalloys of differing rhenium and ruthenium contents. The evidence indicates that dislocation avalanching is already prevalent at plastic strains of ≈ 0.1%; thereafter, an exponential decay in the dislocation multiplication rate is indicative of self-hardening due to dislocation constriction within the matrix channels, as confirmed by the imaging. The results are rationalised using discrete dislocation dynamics modelling: a universal dislocation evolution law emerges, which will be useful for alloy design efforts. © 2019
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.actamat.2019.07.018
  • 2020 • 163 Mapping the mechanical properties in nitride coatings at the nanometer scale
    Zhang, Z. and Chen, Z. and Holec, D. and Liebscher, C.H. and Koutná, N. and Bartosik, M. and Zheng, Y. and Dehm, G. and Mayrhofer, P.H.
    Acta Materialia 194 343-353 (2020)
    We report on a multilayered structure comprising of rock-salt (rs) structured CrN layers of constant thickness and AlN layers of varying thicknesses, which surprisingly enables the growth of metastable zinc-blende (zb) AlN layers for certain layer-thickness combinations. The multilayer exhibits an atomic and electronic structure gradient as revealed using advanced electron microscopy and electron spectroscopy. Gradient structures are also accompanied by a modulation of the chemical compositions. A combined experimental analysis based on valence electrons and inner shell electrons allowed mapping the mechanical properties of the multilayer at the nanometer scale and further unveiled the effect of oxygen impurities on the bulk modulus. We found that the presence of oxygen impurities causes a remarkable reduction of the bulk modulus of rs-CrN while having no significant effect on the bulk modulus of the stable wurtzite structure wz-AlN layers. The findings are unambiguously validated by theoretical calculations using density functional theory. © 2020 Acta Materialia Inc.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.actamat.2020.04.024
  • 2019 • 162 Electron-Beam-Induced Current Measurements of Thin-Film Solar Cells
    Abou-Ras, D. and Kirchartz, T.
    ACS Applied Energy Materials 2 6127-6139 (2019)
    The present tutorial review provides a practical guide to the analysis of semiconductor devices using electron-beam-induced currents (EBICs). The authors focus on cross-sectional EBIC measurements that provide an experimental assay of the efficiency of charge carrier collection in a semiconductor diode. The tutorial covers the fundamental physics of the technique, specimen preparation, data acquisition, and numerical simulation and analysis of the experimental data. A key focus is put on application cases from the field of thin-film photovoltaics as well as specific pitfalls that may occur, such as effects occurring under high-level injection and at grain boundaries of polycrystalline materials. © 2019 American Chemical Society.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1021/acsaem.9b01172
  • 2019 • 161 All for one and one for all
    Bayer, M.
    Science 364 30-31 (2019)
    doi: 10.1126/science.aaw8823
  • 2019 • 160 Diffraction paradox: An unusually broad diffraction background marks high quality graphene
    Chen, S. and Horn Von Hoegen, M. and Thiel, P.A. and Tringides, M.C.
    Physical Review B 100 (2019)
    The realization of the unusual properties of two-dimensional (2D) materials requires the formation of large domains of single-layer thickness, extending over the mesoscale. It is found that the formation of uniform graphene on SiC, contrary to textbook diffraction, is signaled by a strong bell-shaped component (BSC) around the (00) and G(10) spots (but not around the substrate spots). The BCS is also seen on graphene grown on metals, because a single uniform graphene layer can be also grown with large lateral size. It is only seen by electron diffraction but not with X-ray or He scattering. Although the origin of such an intriguing result is unclear, its presence in the earlier literature (but never mentioned) points to its robustness and significance. A likely mechanism relates to the the spatial confinement of the graphene electrons, within a single layer. This leads to large spread in their wave vector which is transferred by electron-electron interactions to the elastically scattered electrons to generate the BSC. © 2019 American Physical Society.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.100.155307
  • 2019 • 159 Evalution of Drude parameters for liquid Germanium nanoparticles through aerosol-based line-of-sight attenuation measurements
    Daun, K.J. and Menser, J. and Asif, M. and Musikhin, S. and Dreier, T. and Schulz, C.
    Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer 226 146-156 (2019)
    The objective of this study is to infer Drude model parameters for liquid germanium nanoparticles from extinction measurements made across an aerosol within a microwave plasma reactor using a halogen lamp (410–700 nm) and a laser-driven light source (205–585 nm). The plasma frequency and relaxation time are inferred using Rayleigh theory, Mie theory, and a fourth-order Mie approximation. These parameters are compared with those found using the ellipsometry-derived complex dielectric function as well as the bulk density and electrical resistivity of liquid germanium. The analysis is carried out in a probabilistic context using Bayesian inference, which accounts for both the measurement noise and model error. While all the candidate models can reproduce the shape of the experimentally-derived extinction spectra, the Bayesian inference showed that extinction-derived parameters differed from those obtained from the density and electrical resistivity in a statistically-significant way. This highlights the limitations of the free-electron model that underpins Drude theory, and suggests potential opportunities for model refinement. © 2019 Elsevier Ltd
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.jqsrt.2019.01.021
  • 2019 • 158 Nonequilibrium carrier dynamics in self-assembled quantum dots
    Geller, M.
    Applied Physics Reviews 6 (2019)
    Self-assembled quantum dots are still one of the best model systems for artificial atoms in a solid-state environment, where the electronic states can be accessed by electrical and optical means. This article focuses on nonequilibrium carrier dynamics in these quantum dots, using the ability of recent developments in electrical and optical spectroscopy techniques. All-electrical transconductance spectroscopy is introduced, where a two-dimensional electron gas serves as a fast and sensitive detector for the electron/hole dynamics and charge/spin state preparation and relaxation in an ensemble of dots. Latest results on single electron tunneling and nonequilibrium Auger recombination in a single quantum dot using a high-resolution optical experiment (the time-resolved resonance fluorescence) are summarized. This article concludes with a perspective view on a future combination of both techniques toward an electro-optical measurement toolbox to link the coherent control of quantum states by optical means with an electrical preparation of electron charge and spin states. © 2019 Author(s).
    view abstractdoi: 10.1063/1.5091742
  • 2019 • 157 Dissipated electrical power and electron density in an RF atmospheric pressure helium plasma jet
    Golda, J. and Kogelheide, F. and Awakowicz, P. and Gathen, V.S.-V.D.
    Plasma Sources Science and Technology 28 (2019)
    Atmospheric pressure plasmas have great potential, especially for biomedical applications, due to the large number of reactive species produced. In particular with regard to these applications, the comparability of processes through appropriate control of plasma parameters is essential for treatment safety. Here we present a method for the operando determination of absolute absorbed power in an RF atmospheric pressure helium plasma discharge using miniaturized probes. A detailed error analysis demonstrates the reliability of the measured power values. With the help of a global model, the sheath width and electron density (4 1016-11 1016 m-3) are derived from these power measurements and compared to literature. The results and thus the validity of the electrical model are confirmed by a second, independent characterization method using optical emission spectroscopy and time-averaged imaging. © 2019 IOP Publishing Ltd.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/1361-6595/ab393d
  • 2019 • 156 Characterization of a nitrogen gliding arc plasmatron using optical emission spectroscopy and high-speed camera
    Gröger, S. and Ramakers, M. and Hamme, M. and Medrano, J.A. and Bibinov, N. and Gallucci, F. and Bogaerts, A. and Awakowicz, P.
    Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 52 (2019)
    A gliding arc plasmatron (GAP), which is very promising for purification and gas conversion, is characterized in nitrogen using optical emission spectroscopy and high-speed photography, because the cross sections of electron impact excitation of N2 are well known. The gas temperature (of about 5500 K), the electron density (up to 1.5 × 1015 cm-3) and the reduced electric field (of about 37 Td) are determined using an absolutely calibrated intensified charge-coupled device (ICCD) camera, equipped with an in-house made optical arrangement for simultaneous two-wavelength diagnostics, adapted to the transient behavior of a GA channel in turbulent gas flow. The intensities of nitrogen molecular emission bands, N2(C-B,0-0) as well as (B-X,0-0), are measured simultaneously. The electron density and the reduced electric field are determined at a spatial resolution of 30 μm, using numerical simulation and measured emission intensities, applying the Abel inversion of the ICCD images. The temporal behavior of the GA plasma channel and the formation of plasma plumes are studied using a high-speed camera. Based on the determined plasma parameters, we suggest that the plasma plume formation is due to the magnetization of electrons in the plasma channel of the GAP by an axial magnetic field in the plasma vortex. © 2018 IOP Publishing Ltd.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/1361-6463/aaefe4
  • 2019 • 155 Nanosecond plasmas in water: Ignition, cavitation and plasma parameters
    Grosse, K. and Held, J. and Kai, M. and Von Keudell, A.
    Plasma Sources Science and Technology 28 (2019)
    Nanosecond plasmas in liquids play an important role in the field of decontamination, electrolysis or plasma medicine. The understanding of these very dynamic plasmas requires information about the temporal variation of species densities and temperatures. This is analyzed by monitoring nanosecond pulsed plasmas that are generated by high voltages (HVs) between 14 and 26 kV and pulse lengths of 10 ns applied to a tungsten tip with 50 μm diameter immersed in water. Ignition of the plasma causes the formation of a cavitation bubble that is monitored by shadowgraphy to measure the dynamic of the created bubble and the sound speed of the emitted acoustic waves surrounding this tungsten tip. The temporal evolution of the bubble size is compared with cavitation theory yielding good agreement for an initial bubble radius of 25 μm with an initial pressure of 5 ×108 Pa at a temperature of 1200 K for a HV of 20 kV. This yields an initial energy in the range of a few 10-5 J that varies with the applied HV. The dissipated energy by the plasma drives the adiabatic expansion of water vapor inside the bubble from its initial supercritical state to a low pressure, low temperature state at maximum bubble expansion reaching values of 103 Pa and 50 K, respectively. These predictions from cavitation theory are corroborated by optical emission spectroscopy. After igniting the nanosecond plasma, the electrical power oscillates in the feed line between HV pulser and plasma chamber with a ring down time of the order of 60 ns. These reflected pulses re-ignite a plasma inside the expanding bubble periodically. Broadband emission due to recombination and Bremsstrahlung becomes visible within the first 30 ns. At later times, line emission dominates. Stark broadening of the spectral lines of Hα (656 nm) and OI (777 nm) is evaluated to determine both the electron density and the electron temperature in these re-ignited plasmas. © 2019 IOP Publishing Ltd.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/1361-6595/ab26fc
  • 2019 • 154 Nanoscale Physical and Chemical Structure of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for Magnetic Particle Imaging
    Hufschmid, R. and Landers, J. and Shasha, C. and Salamon, S. and Wende, H. and Krishnan, K.M.
    Physica Status Solidi (A) Applications and Materials Science 216 (2019)
    In this work, the role of the nanoscale chemical and magnetic structure on relaxation dynamics of iron oxide nanoparticles in the context of magnetic particle imaging (MPI) is investigated with Mössbauer spectroscopy (MS) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). Two samples of 27 nm monodisperse iron oxide nanoparticles are compared, with and without an additional oxidation optimization step, with corresponding differences in structure and properties. Iron oxide nanoparticles synthesized in the presence of sufficient oxygen form single crystalline, inverse-spinel magnetite (Fe 3 O 4 ) and display magnetic properties suitable for MPI. A secondary wüstite (FeO) phase is observed in the diffraction pattern of unoptimized nanoparticles, which is antiferromagnetic and therefore unsuitable for MPI. Mössbauer spectra confirm the composition of the optimized nanoparticles to be ≈70% magnetite, with the remaining 30% oxidized to maghemite; in contrast, the as-synthesized particles (without the oxidation step) contained about 40% wüstite and 60% magnetite. The authors use scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) with electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) to probe iron 2p-3d electronic transitions and correlate their intensities with the oxidation state with sub-nanometer spatial resolution. The optimally oxidized nanoparticles are uniform in crystallography and phase, while the mixed phase nanoparticles are core-shell wüstite/magnetite. Further confirming the core-shell structure of the mixed phase nanoparticles, considerable spin canting in the in-field Mössbauer spectrum, likely caused by interface coupling, is observed. © 2018 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
    view abstractdoi: 10.1002/pssa.201800544
  • 2019 • 153 Experimental realization of a quantum dot energy harvester
    Jaliel, G. and Puddy, R.K. and Sánchez, R. and Jordan, A.N. and Sothmann, B. and Farrer, I. and Griffiths, J.P. and Ritchie, D.A. and Smith, C.G.
    Physical Review Letters 123 (2019)
    We demonstrate experimentally an autonomous nanoscale energy harvester that utilizes the physics of resonant tunneling quantum dots. Gate-defined quantum dots on GaAs/AlGaAs high-electron-mobility transistors are placed on either side of a hot-electron reservoir. The discrete energy levels of the quantum dots are tuned to be aligned with low energy electrons on one side and high energy electrons on the other side of the hot reservoir. The quantum dots thus act as energy filters and allow for the conversion of heat from the cavity into electrical power. Our energy harvester, measured at an estimated base temperature of 75 mK in a He3/He4 dilution refrigerator, can generate a thermal power of 0.13 fW for a temperature difference across each dot of about 67 mK. © 2019 American Physical Society.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.123.117701
  • 2019 • 152 Selective Delamination upon Femtosecond Laser Ablation of Ceramic Surfaces
    Kiel, F. and Bulgakova, N.M. and Ostendorf, A. and Gurevich, E.L.
    Physical Review Applied 11 (2019)
    We report on the experimental observation of selective delamination of semitransparent materials on the example of yttria-stabilized zirconia ceramics upon femtosecond laser processing of its surface with a low numerical aperture lens. The delamination of a ceramic layer of dozens of micrometers takes place as a side effect of surface processing and is observed above the surface ablation threshold. The onset of delamination (delamination threshold) depends on the degree of overlap of the irradiation spots from consecutive laser pulses upon beam scanning over material surface. Analysis of the delaminated layer indicates that the material undergoes melting on both of its surfaces. The mechanism of delamination is identified as a complex interplay between the optical response of laser-generated free-electron plasma and nonlinear effects upon laser beam propagation in semitransparent ceramics. The discovered effect enables controllable laser microslicing of brittle ceramic materials. © 2019 American Physical Society.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1103/PhysRevApplied.11.024038
  • 2019 • 151 Temperature and bias anomalies in the photoluminescence of InAs quantum dots coupled to a Fermi reservoir
    Korsch, A.R. and Nguyen, G.N. and Schmidt, M. and Ebler, C. and Valentin, S.R. and Lochner, P. and Rothfuchs, C. and Wieck, A.D. and Ludwig, Ar.
    Physical Review B 99 (2019)
    We present anomalous behavior of temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) measurements on InAs quantum dot ensembles coupled to an electron reservoir in an n-i-p diode structure. When negative gate voltages are applied to the sample, an anomalous initial increase of the integrated PL signal with rising temperature is observed for the ground-state and first-excited-state emission peaks. In contrast, measurements at positive gate voltages show no such anomaly and are well described by the commonly used Arrhenius model. Unlike previous studies on uncoupled quantum dot ensembles, we show that in quantum dot diode structures the anomalous temperature dependence and its dependence on the applied bias voltage is dominated by electrons tunneling from the electron reservoir to the quantum dots. Tunneling electrons enhance the PL signal by recombining with holes stored in the quantum dots and the tunneling rate depends on temperature via the Fermi distribution in the electron reservoir. With the implementation of a rate-based tunnel coupling, we develop a modified Arrhenius model that takes the observed anomalies excellently into account. Gate voltage dependent PL measurements at 77 K are further compared to capacitance-voltage spectroscopy measurements on the same sample, supporting the proposed interpretation. The PL peak width shows a characteristic evolution as a function of temperature, which is discussed qualitatively in terms of our model. © 2019 American Physical Society.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.99.165303
  • 2019 • 150 Relaxation of electrons in quantum-confined states in Pb/Si(111) thin films from master equation with first-principles-derived rates
    Kratzer, P. and Zahedifar, M.
    New Journal of Physics 21 (2019)
    Atomically thin films of Pb on Si(111) provide an experimentally tunable system comprising a highly structured electronic density of states. The lifetime of excited electrons in these states is limited by both electron-electron (e-e) and electron-phonon (e-ph) scattering. We employ the description by a master equation for the electronic occupation numbers to analyze the relative importance of both scattering mechanisms. The electronic and phononic band structures, as well as the matrix elements for electron-phonon coupling within deformation potential theory were obtained from density functional calculations, thus taking into account quantum confinement effects. For the relaxation dynamics, the contribution of impact ionization processes to the lifetime is estimated from the imaginary part of the electronic self-energy calculated in the GW approximation. By numerically solving rate equations for the occupations of the Pb-derived electronic states coupled to a phononic heat bath, we are able to follow the distribution of the electronic excitation energy to the various modes of Pb lattice vibrations. While e-e scattering is the dominant relaxation mechanism, we demonstrate that the e-ph scattering is highly phonon-mode-specific, with a large contribution from surface phonons. At electron energies of about 0.3 eV above the Fermi surface, a 'phonon bottleneck' characteristic of relaxation in nanostructures with well-separated electronic states is observed. The time scales extracted from the simulations are compared to data from pump-probe experiments using time-resolved two-photon photoemission. © 2019 The Author(s). Published by IOP Publishing Ltd on behalf of the Institute of Physics and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/1367-2630/ab5c76
  • 2019 • 149 Photogeneration of a single electron from a single Zeeman-resolved light-hole exciton with preserved angular momentum
    Kuroyama, K. and Larsson, M. and Chang, C.Y. and Muramoto, J. and Heya, K. and Fujita, T. and Allison, G. and Valentin, S.R. and Ludwig, Ar. and Wieck, A.D. and Matsuo, S. and Oiwa, A. and Tarucha, S.
    Physical Review B 99 (2019)
    Quantum state transfer from a single photon to a single electron following selection rules can only occur for a spin-resolved light-hole excitation in GaAs quantum dots; however, these phenomena have yet to be experimentally realized. Here, we report on single-shot readout of a single electron spin via the Zeeman-resolved light-hole excitation using an optical spin blockade method in a GaAs quantum dot and a Pauli spin blockade method in a double GaAs quantum dot. The observed photoexcitation probability strongly depends on the photon polarization, an indication of angular momentum transfer from a single photon to an electron. Our demonstration will open a pathway to further investigation of fundamental quantum physics and applications of quantum networking technology. © 2019 American Physical Society.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.99.085203
  • 2019 • 148 Harmonic off-axis seeding at the Delta short-pulse source
    Meyer auf der Heide, A. and Büsing, B. and Khan, S. and Krieg, D. and Mai, C.
    Proceedings of the 39th International Free-Electron Laser Conference, FEL 2019 246-249 (2019)
    At the 1.5-GeV synchrotron light source DELTA operated by the TU Dortmund University, a short-pulse source employs the coherent harmonic generation (CHG) scheme. Here, a laser pulse interacts with a stored electron bunch forming a microbunching structure to generate ultrashort synchrotron light pulses at harmonics of the laser wavelength. As an upgrade of the short-pulse facility, the echo-enabled harmonic generation (EEHG) scheme will be implemented, which requires a second laser-electron interaction to yield much higher harmonics compared to CHG. In a study towards twofold laser seeding, the possibility of seeding at undulator harmonics with a crossing angle between laser and electron beam was investigated. Content from this work may be used under the terms of the CC BY 3.0 licence (© 2019). Any distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s).
    view abstractdoi: 10.18429/JACoW-FEL2019-TUP080
  • 2019 • 147 Advances in in situ nanomechanical testing
    Minor, A.M. and Dehm, G.
    MRS Bulletin 44 438-442 (2019)
    In situ nanomechanical testing provides critical insight into the fundamental processes that lead to deformation phenomena in materials. Often, in situ tests are performed in relevant conditions such as high or low temperatures, tribological contact, gas environments, or under radiation exposure. Modern diffraction and imaging methods of materials under load provide high spatial resolution and enable extraction of quantitative mechanical data from local microstructure components or nano-sized objects. The articles in this issue cover recent advances in different types of in situ nanomechanical testing methods, spanning from dedicated nanomechanical testing platforms and microelectromechanical systems devices to deformation analyses via in situ diffraction and imaging methods. This includes scanning electron microscopy, advanced scanning transmission electron microscopy, electron diffraction, x-ray diffraction, and synchrotron techniques. Emerging areas such as in situ tribology enable novel insights into the origin of deformation mechanisms, while the evolution of microelectromechanical systems for controlled in situ testing provide opportunities for advanced control and loading strategies. Discussion on the current state of the art for in situ nanomechanical testing and future opportunities in imaging, strain sensing, and testing environments are also addressed. Copyright © Materials Research Society 2019.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1557/mrs.2019.127
  • 2019 • 146 Quantum non-demolition measurement of an electron spin qubit
    Nakajima, T. and Noiri, A. and Yoneda, J. and Delbecq, M.R. and Stano, P. and Otsuka, T. and Takeda, K. and Amaha, S. and Allison, G. and Kawasaki, K. and Ludwig, Ar. and Wieck, A.D. and Loss, D. and Tarucha, S.
    Nature Nanotechnology 14 555-560 (2019)
    Measurements of quantum systems inevitably involve disturbance in various forms. Within the limits imposed by quantum mechanics, there exists an ideal projective measurement that does not introduce a back action on the measured observable, known as a quantum non-demolition (QND) measurement1,2. Here we demonstrate an all-electrical QND measurement of a single electron spin in a gate-defined quantum dot. We entangle the single spin with a two-electron, singlet–triplet ancilla qubit via the exchange interaction3,4 and then read out the ancilla in a single shot. This procedure realizes a disturbance-free projective measurement of the single spin at a rate two orders of magnitude faster than its relaxation. The QND nature of the measurement protocol5,6 enables enhancement of the overall measurement fidelity by repeating the protocol. We demonstrate a monotonic increase of the fidelity over 100 repetitions against arbitrary input states. Our analysis based on statistical inference is tolerant to the presence of the relaxation and dephasing. We further exemplify the QND character of the measurement by observing spontaneous flips (quantum jumps)7 of a single electron spin. Combined with the high-fidelity control of spin qubits8–13, these results will allow for various measurement-based quantum state manipulations including quantum error correction protocols14. © 2019, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Limited.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1038/s41565-019-0426-x
  • 2019 • 145 Nanoscopic Porous Iridium/Iridium Dioxide Superstructures (15 nm): Synthesis and Thermal Conversion by In Situ Transmission Electron Microscopy
    Pappert, K. and Loza, K. and Shviro, M. and Hagemann, U. and Heggen, M. and Dunin-Borkowski, R.E. and Schierholz, R. and Maeda, T. and Kaneko, K. and Epple, M.
    Chemistry - A European Journal 25 11048-11057 (2019)
    Porous particle superstructures of about 15 nm diameter, consisting of ultrasmall nanoparticles of iridium and iridium dioxide, are prepared through the reduction of sodium hexachloridoiridate(+IV) with sodium citrate/sodium borohydride in water. The water-dispersible porous particles contain about 20 wt % poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP), which was added for colloidal stabilization. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy confirms the presence of both iridium and iridium dioxide primary particles (1–2 nm) in each porous superstructure. The internal porosity (≈58 vol%) is demonstrated by electron tomography. In situ transmission electron microscopy up to 1000 °C under oxygen, nitrogen, argon/hydrogen (all at 1 bar), and vacuum shows that the porous particles undergo sintering and subsequent compaction upon heating, a process that starts at around 250 °C and is completed at around 800 °C. Finally, well-crystalline iridium dioxide is obtained under all four environments. The catalytic activity of the as-prepared porous superstructures in electrochemical water splitting (oxygen evolution reaction; OER) is reduced considerably upon heating owing to sintering of the pores and loss of internal surface area. © 2019 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
    view abstractdoi: 10.1002/chem.201901623
  • 2019 • 144 Correlated mode analysis of a microwave driven ICP source
    Porteanu, H.-E. and Stefanović, I. and Bibinov, N. and Klute, M. and Awakowicz, P. and Brinkmann, R.P. and Heinrich, W.
    Plasma Sources Science and Technology 28 (2019)
    Microwave and optical measurements are correlated to identify the mode evolution in a miniature, microwave driven, inductively coupled plasma (ICP) source. The very compact design of the source is derived from previous work (Porteanu et al 2013 Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 22 035016). Microwave spectroscopy of the system resonances during the simultaneous microwave excitation of the plasma (‘Hot-S-Parameter’ spectroscopy) is a novel method to determine the electron density and to identify the type of coupling mode. The method corresponds directly to the kind of numerical simulations employed. The purpose of this analysis is finally to find the minimum power necessary to drive the source into the ICP mode. The efficiency of microwave energy transfer to the plasma is also discussed. Nitrogen at pressures between 50 and 1000 Pa and a gas flow of 150 sccm is used as test plasma, for which the electron density is determined. Analysis of the microwave resonance frequency shows that the electron density exceeds 1019 m−3 at 50 Pa for 11 W and at 1000 Pa for 26 W absorbed power. 3D theoretical analysis of this source confirms that at this electron density an ICP mode is present. © 2019 IOP Publishing Ltd
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/1361-6595/ab06a7
  • 2019 • 143 Precision Plasmonics with Monomers and Dimers of Spherical Gold Nanoparticles: Nonequilibrium Dynamics at the Time and Space Limits
    Schumacher, L. and Jose, J. and Janoschka, D. and Dreher, P. and Davis, T.J. and Ligges, M. and Li, R. and Mo, M. and Park, S. and Shen, X. and Weathersby, S. and Yang, J. and Wang, X. and Meyer Zu Heringdorf, F. and Sokolowski-Ti...
    Journal of Physical Chemistry C 123 13181-13191 (2019)
    Monomers and dimers of spherical gold nanoparticles (NPs) exhibit highly uniform plasmonic properties at the single-particle level due to their high structural homogeneity (precision plasmonics). Recent investigations in precision plasmonics have largely focused on static properties using conventional techniques such as transmission electron microscopy and optical dark-field microscopy. In this Feature Article, we first highlight the application of femtosecond time-resolved electron diffraction for monitoring the nonequilibrium dynamics of spherical gold NPs after ultrafast optical excitation. The analysis of the transient diffraction patterns allows us to directly obtain quantitative information on the incoherent excitation of the lattice, that is, heating upon electron-lattice equilibration, as well as on the development of strain due to lattice expansion on picosecond time scales. The controlled assembly of two spherical gold NPs into a dimer with a few nanometers gap leads to unique optical properties. Specifically, extremely high electric fields (hot spot) in the gap are generated upon resonant optical excitation. Conventional optical microscopy cannot spatially resolve this unique hot spot due to the optical diffraction limit. We therefore employed nonlinear photoemission electron microscopy to visualize hot spots in single dimers of spherical gold NPs. A quantitative comparison of different single dimers confirms the homogeneity of the hot spots on the single-particle level. Overall, these initial results are highly encouraging because they pave the way to investigate nonequilibrium dynamics in highly uniform plasmonic nanostructures at the time and space limits. © 2019 American Chemical Society.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b01007
  • 2019 • 142 A photosystem i monolayer with anisotropic electron flow enables Z-scheme like photosynthetic water splitting
    Zhao, F. and Wang, P. and Ruff, A. and Hartmann, V. and Zacarias, S. and Pereira, I.A.C. and Nowaczyk, M.M. and Rögner, M. and Conzuelo, F. and Schuhmann, W.
    Energy and Environmental Science 12 3133-3143 (2019)
    Photosynthetic protein complexes are attractive building blocks for the fabrication of semi-artificial energy conversion devices. However, limitations in the efficiency of the implemented biophotovoltaic systems prevent their use in practical applications. In particular, the effective minimization of recombination processes in photosystem I (PSI) modified bioelectrodes is crucial for enabling a unidirectional electron flow allowing the true potential of the large charge separation at PSI being exploited. Here, we present controlled immobilization of PSI monolayers with a predefined preferential orientation that translates into anisotropic electron flow upon irradiation. Further interface of the oriented PSI monolayer with redox polymers allows an efficient electron transfer and minimization of possible short-circuiting pathways. To complete the functional biophotocathode, the PSI monolayer is coupled to a hydrogenase (H2ase) to realize light-induced H2 evolution. The PSI/H2ase biocathode is then combined with a redox polymer/photosystem II-based bioanode demonstrating a fully light-driven Z-scheme mimic biophotovoltaic cell for bias-free water splitting. © 2019 The Royal Society of Chemistry.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1039/c9ee01901d
  • 2018 • 141 Coherent optical spectroscopy of charged exciton complexes in semiconductor nanostructures
    Akimov, I.A. and Poltavtsev, S.V. and Salewski, M. and Yugova, I.A. and Karczewski, G. and Wiater, M. and Wojtowicz, T. and Reichelt, M. and Meier, T. and Yakovlev, D.R. and Bayer, M.
    Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering 10530 (2018)
    We present results on photon echo spectroscopy for resonant excitation of localized charged exciton complexes (trions) in CdTe/CdMgTe semiconductor quantum wells. We demonstrate that the Zeeman splitting of resident electron spin levels in transverse magnetic field leads to quantum beats in the photon echoes with the Larmor precession frequency. This allows us to perform a coherent transfer of optical excitation into a spin ensemble and to observe long-lived photon echoes. Our approach can be used as a tool for remarkably high resolution spectroscopy of the ground state levels: We are able to resolve splittings between the spin levels with sub-μeV precision and to distinguish between different types of electrons in the ensemble, namely electrons either bound to donors or localized on quantum well potential fluctuations. To that end we show that stimulated step-like Raman processes in the two-pulse excitation scheme allow us to probe the electron spin ensemble with high selectivity and precision even for systems with broad optical transitions. Next, Rabi oscillations for exciton complexes with different degree of localization are detected by photon echo spectroscopy. We observe that an increase of the area of either the first or the second pulse leads to a significant decrease of the photon echo signal, which is strongest for the neutral excitons and less pronounced for the donor-bound exciton complex. © 2018 COPYRIGHT SPIE. Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1117/12.2288788
  • 2018 • 140 Surface structure modification of single crystal graphite after slow, highly charged ion irradiation
    Alzaher, I. and Akcöltekin, S. and Ban-d'Etat, B. and Manil, B. and Dey, K.R. and Been, T. and Boduch, P. and Rothard, H. and Schleberger, M. and Lebius, H.
    Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms 420 23-26 (2018)
    Single crystal graphite was irradiated by slow, highly charged ions. The modification of the surface structure was studied by means of Low-Energy Electron Diffraction. The observed damage cross section increases with the potential energy, i.e. the charge state of the incident ion, at a constant kinetic energy. The potential energy is more efficient for the damage production than the kinetic energy by more than a factor of twenty. Comparison with earlier results hints to a strong link between early electron creation and later target atom rearrangement. With increasing ion fluence, the initially large-scale single crystal is first transformed into μm-sized crystals, before complete amorphisation takes place. © 2018 Elsevier B.V.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.nimb.2018.01.024
  • 2018 • 139 Fully automated primary particle size analysis of agglomerates on transmission electron microscopy images via artificial neural networks
    Frei, M. and Kruis, F.E.
    Powder Technology 332 120-130 (2018)
    There is a high demand for fully automated methods for the analysis of primary particle size distributions of agglomerates on transmission electron microscopy images. Therefore, a novel method, based on the utilization of artificial neural networks, was proposed, implemented and validated. The training of the artificial neural networks requires large quantities (up to several hundreds of thousands) of transmission electron microscopy images of agglomerates consisting of primary particles with known sizes. Since the manual evaluation of such large amounts of transmission electron microscopy images is not feasible, a synthesis of lifelike transmission electron microscopy images as training data was implemented. The proposed method can compete with state-of-the-art automated imaging particle size methods like the Hough transformation, ultimate erosion and watershed transformation and is in some cases even able to outperform these methods. It is however still outperformed by the manual analysis. © 2018 Elsevier B.V.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.powtec.2018.03.032
  • 2018 • 138 An Option to Generate Seeded FEL Radiation for FLASH1
    Grattoni, V. and Assmann, R.W. and Bödewadt, J. and Lechner, C. and Kazemi, M.M. and Manschwetus, B. and Hartl, I. and Plath, T. and Khan, S. and Hillert, W. and Miltchev, V. and Rossbach, J.
    Journal of Physics: Conference Series 1067 (2018)
    The FLASH free-electron laser (FEL) at DESY is currently operated in self-amplified spontaneous emission (SASE) mode in both beamlines FLASH1 and FLASH2. Seeding offers unique properties for the FEL pulse, such as full coherence, spectral and temporal stability. In this contribution, possible ways to carry the seeded FEL radiation to the user hall are presented with analytical considerations and simulations. For this, components of the sFLASH seeding experiment are used. © 2018 Institute of Physics Publishing. All rights reserved.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/1742-6596/1067/3/032013
  • 2018 • 137 Control of FEL radiation properties by tailoring the seed pulses
    Grattoni, V. and Assmann, R.W. and Bödewadt, J. and Lechner, C. and Kazemi, M.M. and Manschwetus, B. and Hartl, I. and Plath, T. and Khan, S. and Azima, A. and Hillert, W. and Miltchev, V. and Rossbach, J.
    Journal of Physics: Conference Series 1067 (2018)
    Seeded free-electron lasers (FELs) produce intense, ultrashort and fully coherent X-ray pulses. These seeded FEL pulses depend on the initial seed properties. Therefore, controlling the seed laser allows tailoring the FEL radiation for phase-sensitive experiments. In this contribution, we present detailed simulation studies to characterize the FEL process and to predict the operation performance of seeded pulses. In addition, we show experimental data on the temporal characterization of the seeded FEL pulses performed at the sFLASH experiment in Hamburg. © 2018 Institute of Physics Publishing. All rights reserved.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/1742-6596/1067/3/032012
  • 2018 • 136 On the growth mechanisms of polar (100) surfaces of ceria on copper (100)
    Hackl, J. and Duchoň, T. and Gottlob, D.M. and Cramm, S. and Veltruská, K. and Matolín, V. and Nemšák, S. and Schneider, C.M.
    Surface Science 671 1-5 (2018)
    We present a study of temperature dependent growth of nano-sized ceria islands on a Cu (100) substrate. Low-energy electron microscopy, micro-electron diffraction, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, and photoemission electron microscopy are used to determine the morphology, shape, chemical state, and crystal structure of the grown islands. Utilizing real-time observation capabilities, we reveal a three-way interaction between the ceria, substrate, and local oxygen chemical potential. The interaction manifests in the reorientation of terrace boundaries on the Cu (100) substrate, characteristic of the transition between oxidized and metallic surface. The reorientation is initiated at nucleation sites of ceria islands, whose growth direction is influenced by the proximity of the terrace boundaries. The grown ceria islands were identified as fully stoichiometric CeO2 (100) surfaces with a (2 × 2) reconstruction. © 2018 Elsevier B.V.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.susc.2018.01.008
  • 2018 • 135 Optically excited structural transition in atomic wires on surfaces at the quantum limit: A femtosecond ultrafast surface electron diffraction study
    Horn-von Hoegen, M
    Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering 10673 (2018)
    Ultrafast electron diffraction is employed for study of structural dynamics at surfaces in the time domain. Experiments are performed in a pump probe setup with fs-laser excitation and subsequent probing through diffraction of a fs electron pulse at a temporal resolution of 350 fs. The system of interest is one atomic layer of indium atoms on a Si(111) surface: Through self-assembly In atomic wires and form which exhibits a Peierls-like, insulator to metal phase transition which can be driven non-thermally through a femtosecond-laser pulse. Through the transient intensity of the diffraction spots we observe the lifting of the Peierls transition and melting of a charge density wave in only 700 fs, heating of the surface in 6 ps, and formation of a metastable and supercooled phase which exists for nanoseconds. © 2018 SPIE.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1117/12.2312239
  • 2018 • 134 Kelvin probe force microscopy studies of the charge effects upon adsorption of carbon nanotubes and C60 fullerenes on hydrogen-terminated diamond
    Kölsch, S. and Fritz, F. and Fenner, M.A. and Kurch, S. and Wöhrl, N. and Mayne, A.J. and Dujardin, G. and Meyer, C.
    Journal of Applied Physics 123 (2018)
    Hydrogen-terminated diamond is known for its unusually high surface conductivity that is ascribed to its negative electron affinity. In the presence of acceptor molecules, electrons are expected to transfer from the surface to the acceptor, resulting in p-type surface conductivity. Here, we present Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM) measurements on carbon nanotubes and C60 adsorbed onto a hydrogen-terminated diamond(001) surface. A clear reduction in the Kelvin signal is observed at the position of the carbon nanotubes and C60 molecules as compared with the bare, air-exposed surface. This result can be explained by the high positive electron affinity of carbon nanotubes and C60, resulting in electron transfer from the surface to the adsorbates. When an oxygen-terminated diamond(001) is used instead, no reduction in the Kelvin signal is obtained. While the presence of a charged adsorbate or a difference in work function could induce a change in the KPFM signal, a charge transfer effect of the hydrogen-terminated diamond surface, by the adsorption of the carbon nanotubes and the C60 fullerenes, is consistent with previous theoretical studies. © 2018 Author(s).
    view abstractdoi: 10.1063/1.5019486
  • 2018 • 133 Bioelectrocatalytic and electrochemical cascade for phosphate sensing with up to 6 electrons per analyte molecule
    Kopiec, G. and Starzec, K. and Kochana, J. and Kinnunen-Skidmore, T.P. and Schuhmann, W. and Campbell, W.H. and Ruff, A. and Plumeré, N.
    Biosensors and Bioelectronics 117 501-507 (2018)
    Despite the availability of numerous electroanalytical methods for phosphate quantification, practical implementation in point-of-use sensing remains virtually nonexistent because of interferences from sample matrices or from atmospheric O2. In this work, phosphate determination is achieved by the purine nucleoside phosphorylase (PNP) catalyzed reaction of inosine and phosphate to produce hypoxanthine which is subsequently oxidized by xanthine oxidase (XOx), first to xanthine and then to uric acid. Both PNP and XOx are integrated in a redox active Os-complex modified polymer, which not only acts as supporting matrix for the bienzymatic system but also shuttles electrons from the hypoxanthine oxidation reaction to the electrode. The bienzymatic cascade in this second generation phosphate biosensor selectively delivers four electrons for each phosphate molecule present. We introduced an additional electrochemical process involving uric acid oxidation at the underlying electrode. This further enhances the anodic current (signal amplification) by two additional electrons per analyte molecule which mitigates the influence of electrochemical interferences from the sample matrix. Moreover, while the XOx catalyzed reaction is sensitive to O2, the uric acid production and therefore the delivery of electrons through the subsequent electrochemical process are independent of the presence of O2. Consequently, the electrochemical process counterbalances the O2 interferences, especially at low phosphate concentrations. Importantly, the electrochemical uric acid oxidation specifically reports on phosphate concentration since it originates from the product of the bienzymatic reactions. These advantageous properties make this bioelectrochemical-electrochemical cascade particularly promising for point-of-use phosphate measurements. © 2018 Elsevier B.V.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.bios.2018.06.047
  • 2018 • 132 Lateral heterostructures of hexagonal boron nitride and graphene: BCN alloy formation and microstructuring mechanism
    Petrović, M. and Horn-von Hoegen, M. and Meyer zu Heringdorf, F.-J.
    Applied Surface Science 455 1086-1094 (2018)
    Integration of individual two-dimensional materials into heterostructures is a crucial step which enables development of new and technologically interesting functional systems of reduced dimensionality. Here, well-defined lateral heterostructures of hexagonal boron nitride and graphene are synthesized on Ir(1 1 1) by performing sequential chemical vapor deposition from borazine and ethylene in ultra-high vacuum. Low-energy electron microscopy (LEEM) and selected-area electron diffraction (μ-LEED) show that the heterostructures do not consist only of hexagonal boron nitride (an insulator) and graphene (a conductor), but that also a 2D alloy made up of B, C, and N atoms (a semiconductor) is formed. Composition and spatial extension of the alloy can be tuned by controlling the parameters of the synthesis. A new method for in situ fabrication of micro and nanostructures based on decomposition of hexagonal boron nitride is experimentally demonstrated and modeled analytically, which establishes a new route for production of BCN and graphene elements of various shapes. In this way, atomically-thin conducting and semiconducting components can be fabricated, serving as a basis for manufacturing more complex devices. © 2018 Elsevier B.V.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2018.06.057
  • 2018 • 131 Optical properties of In2O3 from experiment and first-principles theory: Influence of lattice screening
    Schleife, A. and Neumann, M.D. and Esser, N. and Galazka, Z. and Gottwald, A. and Nixdorf, J. and Goldhahn, R. and Feneberg, M.
    New Journal of Physics 20 (2018)
    The framework of many-body perturbation theory led to deep insight into electronic structure and optical properties of diverse systems and, in particular, many semiconductors. It relies on an accurate approximation of the screened Coulomb electron-electron interaction W, that in current implementations is usually achieved by describing electronic interband transitions. However, our results for several oxide semiconductors indicate that for polar materials it is necessary to also account for lattice contributions to dielectric screening. To clarify this question in this work, we combine highly accurate experimentation and cutting-edge theoretical spectroscopy to elucidate the interplay of quasiparticle and excitonic effects for cubic bixbyite In2O3 across an unprecedentedly large photon energy range. We then show that the agreement between experiment and theory is excellent and, thus, validate that the physics of quasiparticle and excitonic effects is described accurately by these first-principles techniques, except for the immediate vicinity of the absorption onset. Finally, our combination of experimental and computational data clearly establishes the need for including a lattice contribution to dielectric screening in the screened electron-electron interaction, in order to improve the description of excitonic effects near the absorption edge. © 2018 The Author(s). Published by IOP Publishing Ltd on behalf of Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/1367-2630/aabeb0
  • 2018 • 130 Combined experimental and theoretical description of direct current magnetron sputtering of Al by Ar and Ar/N2 plasma
    Trieschmann, J. and Ries, S. and Bibinov, N. and Awakowicz, P. and Mráz, S. and Schneider, J.M. and Mussenbrock, T.
    Plasma Sources Science and Technology 27 (2018)
    Direct current magnetron sputtering of Al by Ar and Ar/N2 low pressure plasmas was characterized by experimental and theoretical means in a unified consideration. Experimentally, the plasmas were analyzed by optical emission spectroscopy, while the film deposition rate was determined by weight measurements and laser optical microscopy, and the film composition by energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Theoretically, a global particle and power balance model was used to estimate the electron temperature T e and the electron density n e of the plasma at constant discharge power. In addition, the sputtering process and the transport of the sputtered atoms were described using Monte Carlo models - TRIDYN and dsmcFoam, respectively. Initially, the non-reactive situation is characterized based on deposition experiment results, which are in agreement with predictions from simulations. Subsequently, a similar study is presented for the reactive case. The influence of the N2 addition is found to be twofold, in terms of (i) the target and substrate surface conditions (e.g., sputtering, secondary electron emission, particle sticking) and (ii) the volumetric changes of the plasma density n e governing the ion flux to the surfaces (e.g., due to additional energy conversion channels). It is shown that a combined experimental/simulation approach reveals a physically coherent and, in particular, quantitative understanding of the properties (e.g., electron density and temperature, target surface nitrogen content, sputtered Al density, deposited mass) involved in the deposition process. © 2018 IOP Publishing Ltd.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/1361-6595/aac23e
  • 2018 • 129 In-situ SEM observation of phase transformation and twinning mechanisms in an interstitial high-entropy alloy
    Wang, M. and Li, Z. and Raabe, D.
    Acta Materialia 147 236-246 (2018)
    The recently developed interstitial high-entropy alloys (iHEAs) exhibit an enhanced combination of strength and ductility. These properties are attributed to dislocation hardening, deformation-driven athermal phase transformation from the face-centered cubic (FCC) γ matrix into the hexagonal close-packed (HCP) ε phase, stacking fault formation, mechanical twinning and precipitation hardening. For gaining a better understanding of these mechanisms as well as their interactions direct observation of the deformation process is required. For this purpose, an iHEA with nominal composition of Fe-30Mn-10Co-10Cr-0.5C (at. %) was produced and investigated via in-situ and interrupted in-situ tensile testing in a scanning electron microscope (SEM) combining electron channeling contrast imaging (ECCI) and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) techniques. The results reveal that the iHEA is deformed by formation and multiplication of stacking faults along {111} microbands. Sufficient overlap of stacking faults within microbands leads to intrinsic nucleation of HCP ε phase and incoherent annealing twin boundaries act as preferential extrinsic nucleation sites for HCP ε formation. With further straining HCP ε nuclei grow into the adjacent deformed FCC γ matrix. γ regions with smaller grain size have higher mechanical stability against phase transformation. Twinning in FCC γ grains with a size of ∼10 μm can be activated at room temperature at a stress below ∼736 MPa. With increasing deformation, new twin lamellae continuously nucleate. The twin lamellae grow in preferred directions driven by the motion of the mobile partial dislocations. Owing to the individual grain size dependence of the activation of the dislocation-mediated plasticity, of the athermal phase transformation and of mechanical twinning at the different deformation stages, desired strain hardening profiles can be tuned and adjusted over the entire deformation regime by adequate microstructure design, providing excellent combinations of strength and ductility. © 2018 Acta Materialia Inc.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.actamat.2018.01.036
  • 2018 • 128 Dynamics of Electron-Phonon Coupling in Bicontinuous Nanoporous Gold
    Zheng, Q. and Shen, X. and Sokolowski-Tinten, K. and Li, R.K. and Chen, Z. and Mo, M.Z. and Wang, Z.L. and Weathersby, S.P. and Yang, J. and Chen, M.W. and Wang, X.J.
    Journal of Physical Chemistry C 122 16368-16373 (2018)
    The nanosize effect on electron-phonon interactions in free-electron noble metals has been a subject of intense discussion because of their important applications in physics, chemistry, and biomedicine. However, the interference from supports of dispersive nanoparticulate metals has led to controversial observations. We utilize freestanding, bicontinuous nanoporous gold (NPG) films to investigate electron-phonon interaction dynamics using ultrafast MeV electron diffraction. Compared to solid gold films, NPG shows faster electron-phonon interaction and thus noticeably higher electron-phonon coupling constant. The results demonstrate that surface states of electrons and phonons play an important role in electron-phonon coupling of nanostructured materials. © 2018 American Chemical Society.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b03299
  • 2017 • 127 Electron transport in stepped Bi2Se3 thin films
    Bauer, S. and Bobisch, C.A.
    Journal of Physics Condensed Matter 29 (2017)
    We analyse the electron transport in a 16 quintuple layer thick stepped Bi2Se3 film grown on Si(1 1 1) by means of scanning tunnelling potentiometry (STP) and multi-point probe measurements. Scanning tunnelling microscopy images reveal that the local structure of the Bi2Se3 film is dominated by terrace steps and domain boundaries. From a microscopic study on the nm scale by STP, we find a mostly linear gradient of the voltage on the Bi2Se3 terraces which is interrupted by voltage drops at the position of the domain boundaries. The voltage drops indicate that the domain boundaries are scatterers for the electron transport. Macroscopic resistance measurements (2PP and in-line 4PP measurement) on the μm scale support the microscopic results. An additional rotational square 4PP measurement shows an electrical anisotropy of the sheet conductance parallel and perpendicular to the Bi2Se3 steps of about 10%. This is a result of the anisotropic step distribution at the stepped Bi2Se3 surface while domain boundaries are distributed isotropically. The determined value of the conductivity of the Bi2Se3 steps of about 1000 S cm-1 verifies the value of an earlier STP study. © 2017 IOP Publishing Ltd.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/1361-648X/aa7a3c
  • 2017 • 126 The effect of realistic heavy particle induced secondary electron emission coefficients on the electron power absorption dynamics in single- and dual-frequency capacitively coupled plasmas
    Daksha, M. and Derzsi, A. and Wilczek, S. and Trieschmann, J. and Mussenbrock, T. and Awakowicz, P. and Donkó, Z. and Schulze, J.
    Plasma Sources Science and Technology 26 (2017)
    doi: 10.1088/1361-6595/aa7c88
  • 2017 • 125 Dynamic Evolution from Negative to Positive Photocharging in Colloidal CdS Quantum Dots
    Feng, D. and Yakovlev, D.R. and Pavlov, V.V. and Rodina, A.V. and Shornikova, E.V. and Mund, J. and Bayer, M.
    Nano Letters 17 2844-2851 (2017)
    The optical properties of colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals are largely influenced by the trapping of charge carriers on the nanocrystal surface. Different concentrations of electron and hole traps and different rates of their capture to the traps provide dynamical charging of otherwise neutral nanocrystals. We study the photocharging formation and evolution dynamics in CdS colloidal quantum dots with native oleic acid surface ligands. A time-resolved technique with three laser pulses (pump, orientation, and probe) is developed to monitor the photocharging dynamics with picosecond resolution on wide time scales ranging from picoseconds to milliseconds. The detection is based on measuring the coherent spin dynamics of electrons, allowing us to distinguish the type of carrier in the QD core (electron or hole). We find that although initially negative photocharging happens because of fast hole trapping, it eventually evolves to positive photocharging due to electron trapping and hole detrapping. The positive photocharging lasts up to hundreds of microseconds at room temperature. These findings give insight into the photocharging process and provide valuable information for understanding the mechanisms responsible for the emission blinking in colloidal nanostructures. © 2017 American Chemical Society.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b05305
  • 2017 • 124 A linear triple quantum dot system in isolated configuration
    Flentje, H. and Bertrand, B. and Mortemousque, P.-A. and Thiney, V. and Ludwig, Ar. and Wieck, A.D. and Bäuerle, C. and Meunier, T.
    Applied Physics Letters 110 (2017)
    The scaling up of electron spin qubit based nanocircuits has remained challenging up till date and involves the development of efficient charge control strategies. Here, we report on the experimental realization of a linear triple quantum dot in a regime isolated from the reservoir. We show how this regime can be reached with a fixed number of electrons. Charge stability diagrams of the one, two, and three electron configurations where only electron exchange between the dots is allowed are observed. They are modeled with the established theory based on a capacitive model of the dot systems. The advantages of the isolated regime with respect to experimental realizations of quantum simulators and qubits are discussed. We envision that the results presented here will make more manipulation schemes for existing qubit implementations possible and will ultimately allow to increase the number of tunnel coupled quantum dots which can be simultaneously controlled. © 2017 Author(s).
    view abstractdoi: 10.1063/1.4984745
  • 2017 • 123 Nanostructure of and structural defects in a Mo2BC hard coating investigated by transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography
    Gleich, S. and Fager, H. and Bolvardi, H. and Achenbach, J.-O. and Soler, R. and Pradeep, K.G. and Schneider, J.M. and Dehm, G. and Scheu, C.
    Journal of Applied Physics 122 (2017)
    In this work, the nanostructure of a Mo2BC hard coating was determined by several transmission electron microscopy methods and correlated with the mechanical properties. The coating was deposited on a Si (100) wafer by bipolar pulsed direct current magnetron sputtering from a Mo2BC compound target in Ar at a substrate temperature of 630 °C. Transmission electron microscopy investigations revealed structural features at various length scales: bundles (30 nm to networks of several micrometers) consisting of columnar grains (∼10 nm in diameter), grain boundary regions with a less ordered atomic arrangement, and defects including disordered clusters (∼1.5 nm in diameter) as well as stacking faults within the grains. The most prominent defect with a volume fraction of ∼0.5% is the disordered clusters, which were investigated in detail by electron energy loss spectroscopy and atom probe tomography. The results provide conclusive evidence that Ar is incorporated into the Mo2BC film as disordered Ar-rich Mo-B-C clusters of approximately 1.5 nm in diameter. Hardness values of 28 ± 1 GPa were obtained by nanoindentation tests. The Young's modulus of the Mo2BC coating exhibits a value of 462 ± 9 GPa, which is consistent with ab initio calculations for crystalline and defect free Mo2BC and measurements of combinatorically deposited Mo2BC thin films at a substrate temperature of 900 °C. We conclude that a reduction of the substrate temperature of 270 °C has no significant influence on hardness and Young's modulus of the Mo2BC hard coating, even if its nanostructure exhibits defects. © 2017 Author(s).
    view abstractdoi: 10.1063/1.4999304
  • 2017 • 122 In–situ TEM study of diffusion kinetics and electron irradiation effects on the Cr phase separation of a nanocrystalline Cu–4 at.% Cr thin film alloy
    Harzer, T.P. and Duarte, M.J. and Dehm, G.
    Journal of Alloys and Compounds 695 1583-1590 (2017)
    The Cr phase separation process and kinetics of a metastable Cu96Cr4 alloy film were investigated by isothermal annealing at different temperatures of up to 500 °C using transmission electron microscopy. It is shown that the Cr phase separation proceeds predominantly via enrichment of Cr at grain boundaries and grain boundary diffusion. Temperature dependent diffusion coefficients and the activation energy for grain boundary diffusion of Cr in face–centered cubic Cu are determined from analytical in–situ transmission electron microscopy experiments. In addition, the influence of electron beam irradiation on the diffusion kinetics is considered. © 2016 Elsevier B.V.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2016.10.302
  • 2017 • 121 Probing the electron density in HiPIMS plasmas by target inserts
    Hecimovic, A. and Held, J. and Schulz-Von Der Gathen, V. and Breilmann, W. and Maszl, C. and Von Keudell, A.
    Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 50 (2017)
    High power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) is a versatile technology to deposit thin films with superior properties. During HiPIMS, the power is applied in short pulses of the order of 100 μs at power densities of kW to a magnetron target creating a torus shaped dynamic high density plasma. This plasma torus is not homogeneous, but individual ionization zones become visible, which rotate along the torus with velocities of 10 km . Up to now, however, any direct measurement of the electron density inside these rotating ionization zones is missing. Here, we probe the electron density by measuring the target current locally by using small inserts embedded in an aluminium target facing the plasma torus. By applying simple sheath theory, a plasma density of the order of at the sheath edge can be inferred. The plasma density increases with increasing target current. In addition, the dynamics of the local target current variation is consistent with the dynamics of the traveling ionization zone causing a modulation of the local current density by 25%. © 2017 IOP Publishing Ltd.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/1361-6463/aa9914
  • 2017 • 120 Ultrashort high-brightness pulses from storage rings
    Khan, S.
    Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment 865 95-98 (2017)
    The brightness of short-wavelength radiation from accelerator-based sources can be increased by coherent emission in which the radiation intensity scales with the number of contributing electrons squared. This requires a microbunched longitudinal electron distribution, which is the case in free-electron lasers. The brightness of light sources based on electron storage rings was steadily improved, but could profit further from coherent emission. The modulation of the electron energy by a continuous-wave laser field may provide steady-state microbunching in the infrared regime. For shorter wavelengths, the energy modulation can be converted into a temporary density modulation by a dispersive chicane. One particular goal is coherent emission from a very short slice within an electron bunch in order to produce ultrashort radiation pulses with high brightness. © 2016 Elsevier B.V.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.nima.2016.07.048
  • 2017 • 119 Room-temperature electron spin dynamics of Ce3+ ions in a YAG crystal
    Liang, P. and Hu, R.R. and Chen, C. and Belykh, V.V. and Jia, T.Q. and Sun, Z.R. and Feng, D.H. and Yakovlev, D.R. and Bayer, M.
    Applied Physics Letters 110 (2017)
    Circularly polarized optical excitation generates electron spin polarization in the lowest 5d state of rare-earth Ce3+ ions in a YAG crystal. The 5d electron spin dynamics is investigated in transverse and longitudinal magnetic fields by time-resolved pump-probe Faraday rotation. Long lived electron spin coherence with a dephasing time of 2.5 ns is found at room temperature. In a transverse magnetic field of 1 T, the electron spin coherence shows a distinct beating-like amplitude modulation due to several slightly different Larmor frequencies corresponding to different electron g factors of magnetically inequivalent positions of the Ce3+ ions in the crystal lattice. Hyperfine coupling between the 5d electron of Ce3+ ions and environmental nuclear spins dominates the spin relaxation, which can be efficiently suppressed by a longitudinal magnetic field as small as 10 mT. The dependence of electron spin relaxation on both the transverse and longitudinal magnetic fields agrees well with the one predicted theoretically for the hyperfine coupling mechanism. © 2017 Author(s).
    view abstractdoi: 10.1063/1.4984232
  • 2017 • 118 Electronic structure of metastable bcc Cu-Cr alloy thin films: Comparison of electron energy-loss spectroscopy and first-principles calculations
    Liebscher, C.H. and Freysoldt, C. and Dennenwaldt, T. and Harzer, T.P. and Dehm, G.
    Ultramicroscopy 178 96-104 (2017)
    Metastable Cu-Cr alloy thin films with nominal thickness of 300nm and composition of Cu67Cr33 (at%) are obtained by co-evaporation using molecular beam epitaxy. The microstructure, chemical phase separation and electronic structure are investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The thin film adopts the body-centered cubic crystal structure and consists of columnar grains with ~50nm diameter. Aberration-corrected scanning TEM in combination with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy confirms compositional fluctuations within the grains. Cu- and Cr-rich domains with composition of Cu85Cr15 (at%) and Cu42Cr58 (at%) and domain size of 1-5nm are observed. The alignment of the interface between the Cu- and Cr-rich domains shows a preference for (110)-type habit plane. The electronic structure of the Cu-Cr thin films is investigated by electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) and is contrasted to an fcc-Cu reference sample. The experimental EEL spectra are compared to spectra computed by density functional theory. The main differences between bcc-and fcc-Cu are related to differences in van Hove singularities in the electron density of states. In Cu-Cr solid solutions with bcc crystal structure a single peak after the L3-edge, corresponding to a van Hove singularity at the N-point of the first Brillouin zone is observed. Spectra computed for pure bcc-Cu and random Cu-Cr solid solutions with 10at% Cr confirm the experimental observations. The calculated spectrum for a perfect Cu50Cr50 (at%) random structure shows a shift in the van Hove singularity towards higher energy by developing a Cu-Cr d-band that lies between the delocalized d-bands of Cu and Cr. © 2016 Elsevier B.V.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.ultramic.2016.07.011
  • 2017 • 117 Interfacial Electrochemistry in Liquids Probed with Photoemission Electron Microscopy
    Nemšák, S. and Strelcov, E. and Duchoň, T. and Guo, H. and Hackl, J. and Yulaev, A. and Vlassiouk, I. and Mueller, D.N. and Schneider, C.M. and Kolmakov, A.
    Journal of the American Chemical Society 139 18138-18141 (2017)
    Studies of the electrified solid-liquid interfaces are crucial for understanding biological and electrochemical systems. Until recently, use of photoemission electron microscopy (PEEM) for such purposes has been hampered by incompatibility of the liquid samples with ultrahigh vacuum environment of the electron optics and detector. Here we demonstrate that the use of ultrathin electron transparent graphene membranes, which can sustain large pressure differentials and act as a working electrode, makes it possible to probe electrochemical reactions in operando in liquid environments with PEEM. © 2017 American Chemical Society.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1021/jacs.7b07365
  • 2017 • 116 Microanalysis of single-layer hexagonal boron nitride islands on Ir(111)
    Petrović, M. and Hagemann, U. and Horn-von Hoegen, M. and Meyer zu Heringdorf, F.-J.
    Applied Surface Science 420 504-510 (2017)
    Large hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) single-layer islands of high crystalline quality were grown on Ir(111) via chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and have been studied with low-energy electron microscopy (LEEM). Two types of hBN islands have been observed that structurally differ in their shape and orientation with respect to iridium, where the former greatly depends on the iridium step morphology. Photoemission electron microscopy (PEEM) and IV-LEEM spectroscopy revealed that the two island types also exhibit different work functions and bindings to iridium, which provides an explanation for differences in their shape and growth modes. In addition, various temperatures were used for the CVD synthesis of hBN, and it was found that at temperatures higher than ≈950 °C boron atoms, originating either from decomposed borazine molecules or disintegrated hBN islands, can form additional compact reconstructed regions. The presented results are important for advancement in synthesis of high-quality hBN and other boron-based layered materials, and could therefore expedite their technological implementation. © 2017 Elsevier B.V.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2017.05.155
  • 2017 • 115 Imaging the Nonlinear Plasmoemission Dynamics of Electrons from Strong Plasmonic Fields
    Podbiel, D. and Kahl, P. and Makris, A. and Frank, B. and Sindermann, S. and Davis, T.J. and Giessen, H. and Horn-von Hoegen, M. and Meyer zu Heringdorf, F.-J.
    Nano Letters 17 6569-6574 (2017)
    We use subcycle time-resolved photoemission microscopy to unambiguously distinguish optically triggered electron emission (photoemission) from effects caused purely by the plasmonic field (termed "plasmoemission"). We find from time-resolved imaging that nonlinear plasmoemission is dominated by the transverse plasmon field component by utilizing a transient standing wave from two counter-propagating plasmon pulses of opposite transverse spin. From plasmonic foci on flat metal surfaces, we observe highly nonlinear plasmoemission up to the fifth power of intensity and quantized energy transfer, which reflects the quantum-mechanical nature of surface plasmons. Our work constitutes the basis for novel plasmonic devices such as nanometer-confined ultrafast electron sources as well as applications in time-resolved electron microscopy. © 2017 American Chemical Society.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b02235
  • 2017 • 114 High-resolution two-dimensional optical spectroscopy of electron spins
    Salewski, M. and Poltavtsev, S.V. and Yugova, I.A. and Karczewski, G. and Wiater, M. and Wojtowicz, T. and Yakovlev, D.R. and Akimov, I.A. and Meier, T. and Bayer, M.
    Physical Review X 7 (2017)
    Multidimensional coherent optical spectroscopy is one of the most powerful tools for investigating complex quantum mechanical systems. While it was conceived decades ago in magnetic resonance spectroscopy using microwaves and radio waves, it has recently been extended into the visible and UV spectral range. However, resolving MHz energy splittings with ultrashort laser pulses still remains a challenge. Here, we analyze two-dimensional Fourier spectra for resonant optical excitation of resident electrons to localized trions or donor-bound excitons in semiconductor nanostructures subject to a transverse magnetic field. Particular attention is devoted to Raman coherence spectra, which allow one to accurately evaluate tiny splittings of the electron ground state and to determine the relaxation times in the electron spin ensemble. A stimulated steplike Raman process induced by a sequence of two laser pulses creates a coherent superposition of the ground-state doublet which can be retrieved only optically because of selective excitation of the same subensemble with a third pulse. This provides the unique opportunity to distinguish between different complexes that are closely spaced in energy in an ensemble. The related experimental demonstration is based on photon-echo measurements in an n-type CdTe=ðCd; MgÞTe quantum-well structure detected by a heterodyne technique. The difference in the sub-μeV range between the Zeeman splittings of donor-bound electrons and electrons localized at potential fluctuations can be resolved even though the homogeneous linewidth of the optical transitions is larger by 2 orders of magnitude.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1103/PhysRevX.7.031030
  • 2017 • 113 Proton-Coupled Reduction of the Catalytic [4Fe-4S] Cluster in [FeFe]-Hydrogenases
    Senger, M. and Laun, K. and Wittkamp, F. and Duan, J. and Haumann, M. and Happe, T. and Winkler, M. and Apfel, U.-P. and Stripp, S.T.
    Angewandte Chemie - International Edition 56 16503-16506 (2017)
    In nature, [FeFe]-hydrogenases catalyze the uptake and release of molecular hydrogen (H2) at a unique iron-sulfur cofactor. The absence of an electrochemical overpotential in the H2 release reaction makes [FeFe]-hydrogenases a prime example of efficient biocatalysis. However, the molecular details of hydrogen turnover are not yet fully understood. Herein, we characterize the initial one-electron reduction of [FeFe]-hydrogenases by infrared spectroscopy and electrochemistry and present evidence for proton-coupled electron transport during the formation of the reduced state Hred′. Charge compensation stabilizes the excess electron at the [4Fe-4S] cluster and maintains a conservative configuration of the diiron site. The role of Hred′ in hydrogen turnover and possible implications on the catalytic mechanism are discussed. We propose that regulation of the electronic properties in the periphery of metal cofactors is key to orchestrating multielectron processes. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
    view abstractdoi: 10.1002/anie.201709910
  • 2017 • 112 Identification and separation of rectifier mechanisms in Si/SiGe ballistic cross junctions
    Von Pock, J.F. and Salloch, D. and Wieser, U. and Hackbarth, T. and Kunze, U.
    Journal of Applied Physics 121 (2017)
    Depending on the detailed geometry, gate voltage, and circuitry, nanoscale Si/SiGe cross junctions at low temperatures exhibit full-wave rectification arising from different mechanisms like change in the number of current-carrying modes, stationary ballistic charging of a current-free voltage lead, and hot-electron thermopower. We study the rectifier structures on high-mobility Si/SiGe heterostructures consisting of a straight voltage stem and oblique current-injecting leads. Local gate electrodes are used to control the electron density in the voltage or current channel. Compared to three-terminal Y-branch junctions, the four-terminal cross junction eliminates the mode effect. A gradual increase of output voltage as gate-voltage is reduced until threshold voltage is identified as contribution of hot-electron thermopower. Heating the initially cold reservoir from a second orthogonal cross junction eliminates the electron temperature gradient and suppresses the thermopower. Even if the operation as six-terminal device re-induces a mode-controlled contribution, we demonstrate that it is negligible. As expected, the ballistic signal can be reliably separated from other mechanisms by measurements under positive gate voltage. The ballistic voltage can be described by a parabolic function of the injected current and is proportional to the cosine of the injection angle. © 2017 Author(s).
    view abstractdoi: 10.1063/1.4973279
  • 2017 • 111 Interrogation of a PS1-Based Photocathode by Means of Scanning Photoelectrochemical Microscopy
    Zhao, F. and Plumeré, N. and Nowaczyk, M.M. and Ruff, A. and Schuhmann, W. and Conzuelo, F.
    Small 13 (2017)
    In the development of photosystem-based energy conversion devices, the in-depth understanding of electron transfer processes involved in photocurrent generation and possible charge recombination is essential as a basis for the development of photo-bioelectrochemical architectures with increased efficiency. The evaluation of a bio-photocathode based on photosystem 1 (PS1) integrated within a redox hydrogel by means of scanning photoelectrochemical microscopy (SPECM) is reported. The redox polymer acts as a conducting matrix for the transfer of electrons from the electrode surface to the photo-oxidized P700 centers within PS1, while methyl viologen is used as charge carrier for the collection of electrons at the reduced FB site of PS1. The analysis of the modified surfaces by SPECM enables the evaluation of electron-transfer processes by simultaneously monitoring photocurrent generation at the bio-photoelectrode and the associated generation of reduced charge carriers. The possibility to visualize charge recombination processes is illustrated by using two different electrode materials, namely Au and p-doped Si, exhibiting substantially different electron transfer kinetics for the reoxidation of the methyl viologen radical cation used as freely diffusing charge carrier. In the case of p-doped Si, a slower recombination kinetics allows visualization of methyl viologen radical cation concentration profiles from SPECM approach curves. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
    view abstractdoi: 10.1002/smll.201604093
  • 2016 • 110 Preparation and structure of ultra-thin GaN (0001) layers on In0.11Ga0.89N-single quantum wells
    Alamé, S. and Quezada, A.N. and Skuridina, D. and Reich, C. and Henning, D. and Frentrup, M. and Wernicke, T. and Koslow, I. and Kneissl, M. and Esser, N. and Vogt, P.
    Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing 55 7-11 (2016)
    Multiple surface reconstructions have been observed on ultra-thin GaN (0001) layers of 1-10nm thickness, covering a 3nm thick In0.11Ga0.89N single quantum well in a GaN matrix. Low energy electron diffraction patterns show (2×2) and (√3×√3)-R30° symmetries for samples annealed in nitrogen plasma, and (2×2), (3×3), (4×4), and (6×6) symmetries for samples overgrown with an additional monolayer-thin GaN film by molecular beam epitaxy under Ga-rich growth conditions. Photoelectron spectroscopy shows that the InGaN quantum wells and capping layers are stable for growth temperatures up to 760°C, and do not show formation of indium or gallium droplets on the surface. The photoluminescence emission from the buried InGaN SQWs remains unchanged by the preparation process, demonstrating that the SQWs do not undergo any significant modification. © 2016.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.mssp.2016.02.013
  • 2016 • 109 Doping dependence and electron-boson coupling in the ultrafast relaxation of hot electron populations in Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2
    Avigo, I. and Thirupathaiah, S. and Ligges, M. and Wolf, T. and Fink, J. and Bovensiepen, U.
    New Journal of Physics 18 (2016)
    Using femtosecond time- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy we investigate the effect of electron doping on the electron dynamics in Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 in a range of 0 ≤ x < 0.15 at temperatures slightly above the Nel temperature. By analyzing the time-dependent photoemission intensity of the pump laser excited population as a function of energy, we found that the relaxation times at 0 < E - EF < 0.2 eV are doping dependent and about 100 fs shorter at optimal doping than for overdoped and parent compounds. Analysis of the relaxation rates also reveals the presence of a pump fluence dependent step in the relaxation time at E - EF = 200 meV whichwe explain by coupling of the excited electronic system to a boson of this energy.Wecompare our results with static ARPES and transport measurements and find disagreement and agreement concerning the doping dependence, respectively. We discuss the effect of the electron-boson coupling on the energy dependent relaxation and assign the origin of the boson to a magnetic excitation.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/1367-2630/18/9/093028
  • 2016 • 108 Heat-Induced Phase Transformation of Three-Dimensional Nb3O7(OH) Superstructures: Effect of Atmosphere and Electron Beam
    Betzler, S.B. and Harzer, T. and Ciston, J. and Dahmen, U. and Dehm, G. and Scheu, C.
    Crystal Growth and Design 16 4309-4317 (2016)
    Nanostructured niobium oxides and hydroxides are potential candidates for photochemical applications due to their excellent optical and electronic properties. In the present work the thermal stability of Nb3O7(OH) superstructures prepared by a simple hydrothermal approach is investigated at the atomic scale. Transmission electron microscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy provide insights into the phase transformation occurring at elevated temperatures and probe the effect of the atmospheric conditions. In the presence of oxygen, H2O is released from the crystal at temperatures above 500 °C, and the crystallographic structure changes to H-Nb2O5. In addition to the high thermal stability of Nb3O7(OH), the morphology was found to be stable, and first changes in the form of a merging of nanowires are not observed until 850 °C. Under reducing conditions in a transmission electron microscope and during electron beam bombardment, an oxygen-deficient phase is formed at temperatures above 750 °C. This transformation starts with the formation of defects in the crystal lattice at 450 °C and goes along with the formation of pores in the nanowires which accommodate the volume differences of the two crystal phases. © 2016 American Chemical Society.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1021/acs.cgd.6b00386
  • 2016 • 107 Modelling of electron beam induced nanowire attraction
    Bitzer, L.A. and Speich, C. and Schäfer, D. and Erni, D. and Prost, W. and Tegude, F.J. and Benson, N. and Schmechel, R.
    Journal of Applied Physics 119 (2016)
    Scanning electron microscope (SEM) induced nanowire (NW) attraction or bundling is a well known effect, which is mainly ascribed to structural or material dependent properties. However, there have also been recent reports of electron beam induced nanowire bending by SEM imaging, which is not fully explained by the current models, especially when considering the electro-dynamic interaction between NWs. In this article, we contribute to the understanding of this phenomenon, by introducing an electro-dynamic model based on capacitor and Lorentz force interaction, where the active NW bending is stimulated by an electromagnetic force between individual wires. The model includes geometrical, electrical, and mechanical NW parameters, as well as the influence of the electron beam source parameters and is validated using in-situ observations of electron beam induced GaAs nanowire (NW) bending by SEM imaging. © 2016 AIP Publishing LLC.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1063/1.4945674
  • 2016 • 106 Thermal shift of the resonance between an electron gas and quantum dots: What is the origin?
    Brinks, F. and Wieck, A.D. and Ludwig, Ar.
    New Journal of Physics 18 (2016)
    The operation of quantum dots (QDs) at highest possible temperatures is desirable for many applications. Capacitance-voltage spectroscopy (C(V)-spectroscopy) measurements are an established instrument to analyse the electronic structure and energy levels of self-assembled QDs. We perform C(V) in the dark and C(V) under the influence of non-resonant illumination, probing exciton states up to X4+ on InAs QDs embedded in a GaAs matrix for temperatures ranging from 2.5 to 120 K. While a small shift in the charging spectra resonance is observed for the two spin degenerate electron s-state charging voltages with increasing temperature, a huge shift is visible for the electron-hole excitonic states resonance voltages. The s2-peak moves to slightly higher, the s1-peak to slightly lower charging voltages. In contrast, the excitonic states are surprisingly charged at much lower voltages upon increasing temperature. We derive a rate-model allowing to attribute and value different contributions to these shifts. Resonant tunnelling, state degeneracy and hole generation rate in combination with the Fermi distribution function turn out to be of great importance for the observed effects. The differences in the shifting behaviour is connected to different equilibria schemes for the peaks - s-peaks arise when tunnelling-in- and out-rates become equal, while excitonic peaks occur, when electron tunnelling-in- and hole-generation rates are balanced. © 2016 IOP Publishing Ltd and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/1367-2630/aa4f63
  • 2016 • 105 Revising secondary electron yields of ion-sputtered metal oxides
    Corbella, C. and Marcak, A. and de los Arcos, T. and von Keudell, A.
    Journal of Physics D-applied Physics 49 16LT01 (2016)
    The emission of secondary electrons (SE) during sputtering of Al and Ti foils by argon ions in an oxygen background has been measured in a particle beam reactor equipped with a SE-collector. This experiment mimics the process of reactive magnetron sputtering. Quantified beams of argon ions with energies between 500 eV and 2000 eV were employed, while simultaneously molecular oxygen fluxes impinged on the surface and caused oxidation. The measured secondary electron emission coefficients (gamma) ranged from approximately 0.1 (for clean aluminium and titanium) to 1.2 and 0.6 (in the case of aluminium oxide and titanium oxide, respectively). The increase of gamma is compared to SE measurements based on the modelling of magnetron plasmas. Moreover, the energy distributions of the emitted SE have been measured by varying the retarding potential of the SE-collector, which allows the monitoring of the oxidation state from the position of the Auger peaks. The origin of the observed SE yields based on the emission of low-and high-energy electrons generated on the oxide surface is discussed.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/0022-3727/49/16/16LT01
  • 2016 • 104 Impact of CoFe buffer layers on the structural and electronic properties of the Co2MnSi/MgO interface
    Fetzer, R. and Liu, H.-X. and Stadtmüller, B. and Uemura, T. and Yamamoto, M. and Aeschlimann, M. and Cinchetti, M.
    49 (2016)
    The latest improvement of MgO-based magnetic tunnel junctions has been achieved by the combination of CoFe buffer layers and potentially half-metallic ultrathin Co2MnSi electrodes. By this, tunnel magnetoresistance ratios of almost 2000% could be obtained. However, a complete understanding of the underlying processes leading to this enhancement is not yet given. We present a comprehensive study regarding the structural and electronic spin properties of the CoFe(30 nm)-buffered Co2MnSi(3 nm)/MgO(2 nm) buried interface identical to the one formed in actual devices. Low energy electron diffraction experiments show that the ultrathin Co2MnSi layer adopts the lattice constant of the underlying CoFe buffer layer, leading to improved structural conditions at the interface to MgO. In contrast, the Co2MnSi/MgO interface spin polarization at the Fermi level is not affected by the magnetic CoFe buffer layer, as found by interface-sensitive spin-resolved extremely low energy photoemission spectroscopy. © 2016 IOP Publishing Ltd.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/0022-3727/49/19/195002
  • 2016 • 103 A combined STM and SPA-LEED study of the "explosive" nucleation and collective diffusion in Pb/Si(111)
    Hattab, H. and Hupalo, M. and Hershberger, M.T. and Horn-Von Hoegen, M. and Tringides, M.C.
    Surface Science 646 50-55 (2016)
    A novel type of very fast nucleation was recently found in Pb/Si(111) with 4- to 7-layer high islands becoming crystalline in an "explosive" way, when the Pb deposited amount in the wetting layer is compressed to θc ~ 1.22 ML, well above the metallic Pb(111) density. This "explosive" nucleation is very different from classical nucleation when island growth is more gradual and islands grow in size by single adatom aggregation [8]. In order to identify the key parameters that control the nucleation we used scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and spot profile analysis low energy electron diffraction (SPA-LEED). It was found that the number and duration of steps in iterative deposition used to approach θc and the flux rate have dramatic effects on the crystallization process. Larger depositions over shorter times induce greater spatial coverage fluctuations, so local areas can reach the critical coverage θc easier. This can trigger the collective motion of the wetting layer from far away to build the Pb islands "explosively". The SPA-LEED experiments show that even low flux experiments in iterative deposition experiments can trigger transfer of material to the superstable 7-layer islands, as seen from the stronger satellite rings close to the (00) spot. © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.susc.2015.08.017
  • 2016 • 102 On the Crystallography of Silver Nanoparticles with Different Shapes
    Helmlinger, J. and Prymak, O. and Loza, K. and Gocyla, M. and Heggen, M. and Epple, M.
    Crystal Growth and Design 16 3677-3687 (2016)
    The crystallographic properties of silver nanoparticles with different morphologies (two different kinds of spheres, cubes, platelets, and rods) were derived from X-ray powder diffraction and electron microscopy. The size of the metallic particle core was determined by scanning electron microscopy, and the colloidal stability and the hydrodynamic particle diameter were analyzed by dynamic light scattering. The preferred crystallographic orientation (texture) as obtained by X-ray powder diffraction, including pole figure analysis, and high resolution transmission electron microscopy showed the crystallographic nature of the spheres (almost no texture), the cubes (terminated by {100} faces), the platelets (terminated by {111} faces), and the rods (grown from pentagonal twins along [110] and terminated by {100} faces). The crystallite size was determined by Rietveld refinement of X-ray powder diffraction data and agreed well with the transmission electron microscopic data. © 2016 American Chemical Society.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1021/acs.cgd.6b00178
  • 2016 • 101 Optical Blocking of Electron Tunneling into a Single Self-Assembled Quantum Dot
    Kurzmann, A. and Merkel, B. and Labud, P.A. and Ludwig, Ar. and Wieck, A.D. and Lorke, A. and Geller, M. P.
    Physical Review Letters 117 (2016)
    Time-resolved resonance fluorescence (RF) is used to analyze electron tunneling between a single self-assembled quantum dot (QD) and an electron reservoir. In equilibrium, the RF intensity reflects the average electron occupation of the QD and exhibits a gate voltage dependence that is given by the Fermi distribution in the reservoir. In the time-resolved signal, however, we find that the relaxation rate for electron tunneling is, surprisingly, independent of the occupation in the charge reservoir - in contrast to results from all-electrical transport measurements. Using a master equation approach, which includes both the electron tunneling and the optical excitation or recombination, we are able to explain the experimental data by optical blocking, which also reduces the electron tunneling rate when the QD is occupied by an exciton. © 2016 American Physical Society.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.017401
  • 2016 • 100 On the mechanism of {332} twinning in metastable β titanium alloys
    Lai, M.J. and Tasan, C.C. and Raabe, D.
    Acta Materialia 111 173-186 (2016)
    {332} twinning, an unusual twinning mode in other body-centered cubic (bcc) metals and alloys, has been demonstrated to be a fundamental deformation mode in bcc metastable β titanium alloys. Recent studies suggest that this twinning mode plays an important role in enhancing the work hardening and thus improving the mechanical properties. Here, we studied the mechanism of this twinning mode in a metastable β Ti-36Nb-2Ta-3Zr (wt.%) alloy. Tensile tests were performed to induce the formation of {332} twins. By using electron backscatter diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and in situ scanning electron microscopy, the surface-to-bulk microstructures and the initiation and propagation of {332} twins were investigated. In addition to the previously reported high densities of straight dislocations within the twin, we have observed that an α″ martensite band is present near the surface adjacent to the twin. During annealing at 900°C, the α″ martensite band transforms into the adjacent twin rather than into the matrix, indicating that {332} twin nucleates within α″ martensite. Further evidence for this is the constitution of the twin in the initial stage of its formation, where the first portion formed consists of α″ martensite. During propagation, the twins propagating to the opposite directions can merge together when their lateral boundaries impinge on each other. Based on the experimental observations, an α″-assisted twinning mechanism is proposed and the origin of the dislocations within {332} twin is discussed accordingly. © 2016 Published by Elsevier Ltd on behalf of Acta Materialia Inc.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.actamat.2016.03.040
  • 2016 • 99 Importance of inclusion of the effect of s electrons into bond-order potentials for transition bcc metals with d-band mediated bonding
    Lin, Y.-S. and Mrovec, M. and Vitek, V.
    Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering 24 (2016)
    In bond-order potentials (BOPs) for transition metals only the bonding mediated by the d electrons is included explicitly and the covalent part of the cohesive energy is evaluated using Slater-Koster dd bond integrals. However, the effect of s electrons with orbitals centered on atoms neighboring the corresponding dd bond is not necessarily negligible. As shown in Nguyen-Manh et al (2000 Phys. Rev. Lett. 85 4136) this can be taken into account via screening of the dd bond integrals. In a recent paper (Lin et al 2014 Model. Simul. Mater. Sci. Eng. 22 034002) the dd bond integrals were determined using a projection scheme utilizing atomic orbitals that give the best representation of the electronic wave functions in the calculations based on the density functional theory (DFT) (Madsen et al 2011 Phys. Rev. B 83 4119) and it was inferred that in this case the effect of s electrons was already included. In this paper we analyze this hypothesis by comparing studies employing BOPs with both unscreened and screened dd bond integrals. In all cases results are compared with calculations based on DFT and/or experiments. Studies of structures alternate to the bcc lattice, transformation paths that connect the bcc structure with fcc, simple cubic (sc), body centered tetragonal (bct) and hcp structures via continuously distorted configurations and calculations of γ-surfaces were all found to be insensitive to the screening of bond integrals. On the other hand, when the bond integrals are screened, formation energies of vacancies are improved and calculated phonon dispersion spectra reproduce the experimentally observed ones much better. Most importantly, dislocation core structure and dislocation glide are significantly different without and with screening of dd bond integrals. The latter lead to a much better agreement with available experiments. These findings suggest that the effect of s electrons on dd bonds, emulated by the screening of corresponding bond integrals, is the least significant when the lattice is distorted away from the ideal bcc structure homogeneously even if such distortion is large. On the other hand, when the distortion is local and inhomogeneous the impact of screening of the dd bond integrals is significant. In the studies presented in this paper such local inhomogeneities occur when phonons propagate through the lattice, at point defects and in the cores of dislocations. © 2016 IOP Publishing Ltd.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/0965-0393/24/8/085001
  • 2016 • 98 A new setup for the investigation of swift heavy ion induced particle emission and surface modifications
    Meinerzhagen, F. and Breuer, L. and Bukowska, H. and Bender, M. and Severin, D. and Herder, M. and Lebius, H. and Schleberger, M. and Wucher, A.
    Review of Scientific Instruments 87 (2016)
    The irradiation with fast ions with kinetic energies of >10 MeV leads to the deposition of a high amount of energy along their trajectory (up to several ten keV/nm). The energy is mainly transferred to the electronic subsystem and induces different secondary processes of excitations, which result in significant material modifications. A new setup to study these ion induced effects on surfaces will be described in this paper. The setup combines a variable irradiation chamber with different techniques of surface characterizations like scanning probe microscopy, time-of-flight secondary ion, and neutral mass spectrometry, as well as low energy electron diffraction under ultra high vacuum conditions, and is mounted at a beamline of the universal linear accelerator (UNILAC) of the GSI facility in Darmstadt, Germany. Here, samples can be irradiated with high-energy ions with a total kinetic energy up to several GeVs under different angles of incidence. Our setup enables the preparation and in situ analysis of different types of sample systems ranging from metals to insulators. Time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry enables us to study the chemical composition of the surface, while scanning probe microscopy allows a detailed view into the local electrical and morphological conditions of the sample surface down to atomic scales. With the new setup, particle emission during irradiation as well as persistent modifications of the surface after irradiation can thus be studied. We present first data obtained with the new setup, including a novel measuring protocol for time-of-flight mass spectrometry with the GSI UNILAC accelerator. © 2016 AIP Publishing LLC.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1063/1.4939899
  • 2016 • 97 High resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy of spin waves in ultra-thin cobalt films
    Michel, E. and Ibach, H. and Schneider, C.M.
    Surface and Interface Analysis 48 1104-1107 (2016)
    Electron energy loss spectroscopy has successfully established itself as the experimental method to study exchange-dominated, high-momentum spin waves in ultra-thin films. Because of insufficient energy resolution, previous studies were limited to spin waves in the high energy range and to wave vectors larger than about q|| = 0.4 Å−1. In this regime, spin waves are strongly damped by decay into Stoner excitations. Furthermore, the spin wave signal of a multilayer film consists of several overlapping modes. After implementation of several technical modifications, our electron spectrometer now enables the study of spin waves with an energy resolution down to 2 meV, and thereby the discrimination of several spin wave modes in ultra-thin films as well as the study of the intrinsic width of modes down to 1 meV. Examples are presented for fcc and hcp cobalt films and discussed in terms of current theoretical models. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1002/sia.6127
  • 2016 • 96 Coherent electron-spin-resonance manipulation of three individual spins in a triple quantum dot
    Noiri, A. and Yoneda, J. and Nakajima, T. and Otsuka, T. and Delbecq, M.R. and Takeda, K. and Amaha, S. and Allison, G. and Ludwig, Ar. and Wieck, A.D. and Tarucha, S.
    Applied Physics Letters 108 (2016)
    Quantum dot arrays provide a promising platform for quantum information processing. For universal quantum simulation and computation, one central issue is to demonstrate the exhaustive controllability of quantum states. Here, we report the addressable manipulation of three single electron spins in a triple quantum dot using a technique combining electron-spin-resonance and a micro-magnet. The micro-magnet makes the local Zeeman field difference between neighboring spins much larger than the nuclear field fluctuation, which ensures the addressable driving of electron-spin-resonance by shifting the resonance condition for each spin. We observe distinct coherent Rabi oscillations for three spins in a semiconductor triple quantum dot with up to 25 MHz spin rotation frequencies. This individual manipulation over three spins enables us to arbitrarily change the magnetic spin quantum number of the three spin system, and thus to operate a triple-dot device as a three-qubit system in combination with the existing technique of exchange operations among three spins. © 2016 AIP Publishing LLC.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1063/1.4945592
  • 2016 • 95 Beam-induced atomic migration at Ag-containing nanofacets at an asymmetric Cu grain boundary
    Peter, N.J. and Liebscher, C.H. and Kirchlechner, C. and Dehm, G.
    Journal of Materials Research 32 968-982 (2016)
    Besides the high spatial resolution achieved in aberration-corrected scanning transmission microscopy, beam-induced dynamic effects have to be considered for quantitative chemical characterization on the level of single atomic columns. The present study investigates the influence of imaging conditions in an aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscope on the beam-induced atomic migration at a complex Ag-segregated, nanofaceted Cu grain boundary. Three distinct imaging conditions including static single image and serial image acquisition have been utilized. Chemical information on the Ag column occupation of single atomic columns at the grain boundary was extracted by the evolution of peak intensity ratios and compared to idealized scanning transmission electron microscopy image simulations. The atomic column occupation is underestimated when using conventional single frame acquisition due to an averaging of Ag atomic migration events during acquisition. Possible migration paths for the beam-induced atomic motion at a complex Cu grain boundary are presented. Copyright © Materials Research Society 2016
    view abstractdoi: 10.1557/jmr.2016.398
  • 2016 • 94 Access to long-term optical memories using photon echoes retrieved from electron spins in semiconductor quantum wells
    Poltavtsev, S.V. and Langer, L. and Yugova, I.A. and Salewski, M. and Kapitonov, Y.V. and Yakovlev, D.R. and Karczewski, G. and Wojtowicz, T. and Akimov, I.A. and Bayer, M.
    Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering 9931 (2016)
    We use spontaneous (two-pulse) and stimulated (three-pulse) photon echoes for studying the coherent evolution of optically excited ensemble of trions which are localized in semiconductor CdTe/CdMgTe quantum well. Application of transverse magnetic field leads to the Larmor precession of the resident electron spins, which shuffles optically induced polarization between optically accessible and inaccessible states. This results in several spectacular phenomena. First, magnetic field induces oscillations of spontaneous photon echo amplitude. Second, in three-pulse excitation scheme, the photon echo decay is extended by several orders of magnitude. In this study, short-lived optical excitation which is created by the first pulse is coherently transferred into a long-lived electron spin state using the second optical pulse. This coherent spin state of electron ensemble persists much longer than any optical excitation in the system, preserving information on initial optical field, which can be retrieved as a photon echo by means of third optical pulse. © 2016 SPIE.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1117/12.2237360
  • 2016 • 93 Heat flow, transport and fluctuations in etched semiconductor quantum wire structures
    Riha, C. and Chiatti, O. and Buchholz, S.S. and Reuter, D. and Wieck, A.D. and Fischer, S.F.
    Physica Status Solidi (A) Applications and Materials Science 213 571-581 (2016)
    Low-dimensional transport in semiconductor meso- and nanostructures is a topical field of fundamental research with potential applications in future quantum devices. However, thermal non-equilibrium may destroy phase-coherence and remains to be explored experimentally. Here, we present effects of thermal non-equilibrium in various implementations of low-dimensional (non-interacting) electron systems, fabricated by etching AlGaAs/GaAs heterostructures. These include narrow quasi-two-dimensional (2D) channels, quasi-one-dimensional (1D) waveguide networks, quantum rings (QRs), and single 1D constrictions, such as quantum point contacts (QPCs). Thermal non-equilibrium is realized by current heating. The charge carrier temperature is determined by noise thermometry. The electrical conductance and the voltage-noise are measured with respect to bath temperatures, heating currents, thermal gradients, and electric fields. We determine and discuss heat transport processes, electron-energy loss rates, and electron-phonon interaction, and our results are consistent with the Wiedemann-Franz relation. Additionally, we show how non-thermal current fluctuations can be used to identify electric conductance anomalies due to charge states. This article presents effects of thermal non-equilibrium in various implementations of low-dimensional electron systems, fabricated by etching AlGaAs/GaAs heterostructures. Measurements of the thermal noise allow one to access electron-energy relaxation mechanisms, to investigate nanostructures as thermal contacts and to identify the paths of heat flow in branched 1D waveguide networks. Additionally, non-thermal current fluctuations can be used to identify electric conductance anomalies due to charge states. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1002/pssa.201532551
  • 2016 • 92 Orientation of FePt nanoparticles on top of a-SiO2/Si(001), MgO(001) and sapphire(0001): Effect of thermal treatments and influence of substrate and particle size
    Schilling, M. and Ziemann, P. and Zhang, Z. and Biskupek, J. and Kaiser, U. and Wiedwald, U.
    Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology 7 591-604 (2016)
    Texture formation and epitaxy of thin metal films and oriented growth of nanoparticles (NPs) on single crystal supports are of general interest for improved physical and chemical properties especially of anisotropic materials. In the case of FePt, the main focus lies on its highly anisotropic magnetic behavior and its catalytic activity, both due to the chemically ordered face-centered tetragonal (fct) L10 phase. If the c-axis of the tetragonal system can be aligned normal to the substrate plane, perpendicular magnetic recording could be achieved. Here, we study the orientation of FePt NPs and films on a-SiO2/Si(001), i.e., Si(001) with an amorphous (a-) native oxide layer on top, on MgO(001), and on sapphire(0001) substrates. For the NPs of an approximately equiatomic composition, two different sizes were chosen: "small" NPs with diameters in the range of 2-3 nm and "large" ones in the range of 5-8 nm. The 3 nm thick FePt films, deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD), served as reference samples. The structural properties were probed in situ, particularly texture formation and epitaxy of the specimens by reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) and, in case of 3 nm nanoparticles, additionally by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) after different annealing steps between 200 and 650 °C. The L10 phase is obtained at annealing temperatures above 550 °C for films and 600 °C for nanoparticles in accordance with previous reports. On the amorphous surface of a-SiO2/Si substrates we find no preferential orientation neither for FePt films nor nanoparticles even after annealing at 630 °C. On sapphire(0001) supports, however, FePt nanoparticles exhibit a clearly preferred (111) orientation even in the as-prepared state, which can be slightly improved by annealing at 600-650 °C. This improvement depends on the size of NPs: Only the smaller NPs approach a fully developed (111) orientation. On top of MgO(001) the effect of annealing on particle orientation was found to be strongest. From a random orientation in the as-prepared state observed for both, small and large FePt NPs, annealing at 650 °C for 30 min reorients the small particles towards a cube-on-cube epitaxial orientation with a minor fraction of (111)-oriented particles. In contrast, large FePt NPs keep their as-prepared random orientation even after doubling the annealing period at 650 °C to 60 min. © 2016 Schilling et al.
    view abstractdoi: 10.3762/bjnano.7.52
  • 2016 • 91 Thickness dependent electron-lattice equilibration in thin Bi films studied by time-resolved MeV electron diffraction
    Sokolowski-Tinten, K. and Li, R.K. and Reid, A.H. and Weathersby, S.P. and Quirin, F. and Chase, T. and Coffee, R. and Corbett, J. and Fry, A. and Hartmann, N. and Hast, C. and Hettel, R. and Horn-Von Hoegen, M. and Janoschka, D. ...
    Optics InfoBase Conference Papers Part F20-UP 2016 (2016)
    Using time-resolved electron diffraction the electron-lattice equilibration in laserexcited thin Bi-films has been investigated. Our data reveal a pronounced thickness-dependence which is attributed to cross-interfacial coupling of hot electrons in the Bi-film to substrate phonons.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1364/UP.2016.UTh4A.49
  • 2015 • 90 Interplay of Electron and Nuclear Spin Noise in n -Type GaAs
    Berski, F. and Hübner, J. and Oestreich, M. and Ludwig, Ar. and Wieck, A.D. and Glazov, M.
    Physical Review Letters 115 (2015)
    We present spin-noise spectroscopy measurements on an ensemble of donor-bound electrons in ultrapure GaAs:Si covering temporal dynamics over 6 orders of magnitude from milliseconds to nanoseconds. The spin-noise spectra detected at the donor-bound exciton transition show the multifaceted dynamical regime of the ubiquitous mutual electron and nuclear spin interaction typical for III-V-based semiconductor systems. The experiment distinctly reveals the finite Overhauser shift of an electron spin precession at zero external magnetic field and a second contribution around zero frequency stemming from the electron spin components parallel to the nuclear spin fluctuations. Moreover, at very low frequencies, features related with time-dependent nuclear spin fluctuations are clearly resolved making it possible to study the intricate nuclear spin dynamics at zero and low magnetic fields. The findings are in agreement with the developed model of electron and nuclear spin noise. © 2015 American Physical Society.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.176601
  • 2015 • 89 Quantum Manipulation of Two-Electron Spin States in Isolated Double Quantum Dots
    Bertrand, B. and Flentje, H. and Takada, S. and Yamamoto, M. and Tarucha, S. and Ludwig, Ar. and Wieck, A.D. and Bäuerle, C. and Meunier, T.
    Physical Review Letters 115 (2015)
    We studied experimentally the dynamics of the exchange interaction between two antiparallel electron spins in an isolated double quantum dot where coupling to the electron reservoirs can be ignored. We demonstrate that the level of control of such a double dot is higher than in conventional double dots. In particular, it allows us to couple coherently two electron spins in an efficient manner following a scheme initially proposed by Loss and DiVincenzo [Phys. Rev. A 57, 120 (1998)]. The present study demonstrates that isolated quantum dots are a possible route to increase the number of coherently coupled quantum dots. © 2015 American Physical Society. © 2015 American Physical Society.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.096801
  • 2015 • 88 Mechanism of protection of catalysts supported in redox hydrogel films
    Fourmond, V. and Stapf, S. and Li, H. and Buesen, D. and Birrell, J. and Rüdiger, O. and Lubitz, W. and Schuhmann, W. and Plumeré, N. and Léger, C.
    Journal of the American Chemical Society 137 5494-5505 (2015)
    The use of synthetic inorganic complexes as supported catalysts is a key route in energy production and in industrial synthesis. However, their intrinsic oxygen sensitivity is sometimes an issue. Some of us have recently demonstrated that hydrogenases, the fragile but very efficient biological catalysts of H<inf>2</inf> oxidation, can be protected from O<inf>2</inf> damage upon integration into a film of a specifically designed redox polymer. Catalytic oxidation of H<inf>2</inf> produces electrons which reduce oxygen near the film/solution interface, thus providing a self-activated protection from oxygen [Plumeré et al., Nat Chem. 2014, 6, 822-827]. Here, we rationalize this protection mechanism by examining the time-dependent distribution of species in the hydrogenase/polymer film, using measured or estimated values of all relevant parameters and the numerical and analytical solutions of a realistic reaction-diffusion scheme. Our investigation sets the stage for optimizing the design of hydrogenase-polymer films, and for expanding this strategy to other fragile catalysts. © 2015 American Chemical Society.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1021/jacs.5b01194
  • 2015 • 87 Combining structural and chemical information at the nanometer scale by correlative transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography
    Herbig, M. and Choi, P. and Raabe, D.
    Ultramicroscopy 153 32-39 (2015)
    In many cases, the three-dimensional reconstructions from atom probe tomography (APT) are not sufficiently accurate to resolve crystallographic features such as lattice planes, shear bands, stacking faults, dislocations or grain boundaries. Hence, correlative crystallographic characterization is required in addition to APT at the exact same location of the specimen. Also, for the site-specific preparation of APT tips containing regions of interest (e.g. grain boundaries) correlative electron microscopy is often inevitable. Here we present a versatile experimental setup that enables performing correlative focused ion beam milling, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and APT under optimized characterization conditions. The setup was designed for high throughput, robustness and practicability. We demonstrate that atom probe tips can be characterized by TEM in the same way as a standard TEM sample. In particular, the use of scanning nanobeam diffraction provides valuable complementary crystallographic information when being performed on atom probe tips. This technique enables the measurement of orientation and phase maps as known from electron backscattering diffraction with a spatial resolution down to one nanometer. © 2015 Elsevier B.V.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.ultramic.2015.02.003
  • 2015 • 86 Adsorption phenomena of cubane-type tetranuclear Ni(II) complexes with neutral, thioether-functionalized ligands on Au(111)
    Heß, V. and Matthes, F. and Bürgler, D.E. and Monakhov, K.Y. and Besson, C. and Kögerler, P. and Ghisolfi, A. and Braunstein, P. and Schneider, C.M.
    Surface Science 641 210-215 (2015)
    Abstract The controlled and intact deposition of molecules with specific properties onto surfaces is an emergent field impacting a wide range of applications including catalysis, molecular electronics, and quantum information processing. One strategy is to introduce grafting groups functionalized to anchor to a specific surface. While thiols and disulfides have proven to be quite effective in combination with gold surfaces, other S-containing groups have received much less attention. Here, we investigate the surface anchoring and organizing capabilities of novel charge-neutral heterocyclic thioether groups as ligands of polynuclear nickel(II) complexes. We report on the deposition of a cubane-type {Ni<inf>4</inf>} (= [Ni(μ<inf>3</inf>-Cl)Cl(HL·S)]<inf>4</inf>) single-molecule magnet from dichloromethane solution on a Au(111) surface, investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and low-energy electron diffraction, both immediately after deposition and after subsequent post-annealing. The results provide strong evidence for partial decomposition of the coordination complex upon deposition on the Au(111) surface that, however, leaves the magnetic {Ni<inf>4</inf>Cl<inf>4n</inf>} (n = 1 or 2) core intact. Only post-annealing above 480 K induces further decomposition and fragmentation of the {Ni<inf>4</inf>Cl<inf>4n</inf>} core. The detailed insight into the chemisorption-induced decomposition pathway not only provides guidelines for the deposition of thioether-functionalized Ni(II) complexes on metallic surfaces but also reveals opportunities to use multidentate organic ligands decorated with thioether groups as transporters for highly unstable inorganic structures onto conducting surfaces, where they are stabilized retaining appealing electronic and magnetic properties. © 2015 Elsevier B.V.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.susc.2015.06.026
  • 2015 • 85 Electron collection in host-guest nanostructured hematite photoanodes for water splitting: The influence of scaffold doping density
    Kondofersky, I. and Dunn, H.K. and Müller, A. and Mandlmeier, B. and Feckl, J.M. and Fattakhova-Rohlfing, D. and Scheu, C. and Peter, L.M. and Bein, T.
    ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 7 4623-4630 (2015)
    Nanostructuring has proven to be a successful strategy in overcoming the trade-off between light absorption and hole transport to the solid/electrolyte interface in hematite photoanodes for water splitting. The suggestion that poor electron (majority carrier) collection hinders the performance of nanostructured hematite electrodes has led to the emergence of host-guest architectures in which the absorber layer is deposited onto a transparent high-surface-area electron collector. To date, however, state of the art nanostructured hematite electrodes still outperform their host-guest counterparts, and a quantitative evaluation of the benefits of the host-guest architecture is still lacking. In this paper, we examine the impact of host-guest architectures by comparing nanostructured tin-doped hematite electrodes with hematite nanoparticle layers coated onto two types of conducting macroporous SnO2 scaffolds. Analysis of the external quantum efficiency spectra for substrate (SI) and electrolyte side (EI) illumination reveals that the electron diffusion length in the host-guest electrodes based on an undoped SnO2 scaffold is increased substantially relative to the nanostructured hematite electrode without a supporting scaffold. Nevertheless, electron collection is still incomplete for EI illumination. By contrast, an electron collection efficiency of 100% is achieved by fabricating the scaffold using antimony-doped SnO2, showing that the scaffold conductivity is crucial for the device performance. © 2015 American Chemical Society.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1021/am5078667
  • 2015 • 84 The effect of charged quantum dots on the mobility of a two-dimensional electron gas: How important is the Coulomb scattering?
    Kurzmann, A. and Beckel, A. and Ludwig, Ar. and Wieck, A.D. and Lorke, A. and Geller, M.
    Journal of Applied Physics 117 (2015)
    We have investigated the influence of a layer of charged self-assembled quantum dots (QDs) on the mobility of a nearby two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG). Time-resolved transconductance spectroscopy was used to separate the two contributions of the change in mobility, which are: (i) The electrons in the QDs act as Coulomb scatterers for the electrons in the 2DEG. (ii) The screening ability and, hence, the mobility of the 2DEG decreases when the charge carrier density is reduced by the charged QDs, i.e., the mobility itself depends on the charge carrier concentration. Surprisingly, we find a negligible influence of the Coulomb scattering on the mobility for a 2DEG, separated by a 30nm tunneling barrier to the layer of QDs. This means that the mobility change is completely caused by depletion, i.e., reduction of the charge carrier density in the 2DEG, which indirectly influences the mobility. © 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1063/1.4907217
  • 2015 • 83 Formation and Movement of Cationic Defects during Forming and Resistive Switching in SrTiO3 Thin Film Devices
    Lenser, C. and Koehl, A. and Slipukhina, I. and Du, H. and Patt, M. and Feyer, V. and Schneider, C.M. and Lezaic, M. and Waser, R. and Dittmann, R.
    Advanced Functional Materials 25 6360-6368 (2015)
    The resistance switching phenomenon in many transition metal oxides is described by ion motion leading to the formation of oxygen-deficient, highly electron-doped filaments. In this paper, the interface and subinterface region of electroformed and switched metal-insulator-metal structures fabricated from a thin Fe-doped SrTiO3 (STO) film on n-conducting Nb-doped SrTiO3 crystals are investigated by photoemission electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy in order to gain a deeper understanding of cation movement in this specific system. During electroforming, the segregation of Sr to the top interface and the generation of defect-rich cones in the film are observed, apparently growing from the anode toward the cathode during electroforming. An unusual binding energy component of the Sr 3d emission line is observed which can be assigned to Sr Ti-VO∗ defect complexes by performing ab initio calculations. Since this Sr component can be reversibly affected by an external electrical bias, the movement of both oxygen and Sr point defects and the formation of defect complexes Sr Ti-VO∗ during resistive switching are suggested. These findings are discussed with regard to the point defect structure of the film and the local oxidation of the donor-doped substrate. In particular, the apparent dichotomy between the observation of acceptor-type defects and increased electronic conductivity in STO is addressed. A low binding energy component of the Sr 3d photoemission line is observed in Fe-doped SrTiO3 memristive devices and assigned to Sr′Ti-V∗O defect complexes by ab initio calculations. Since this Sr component can be reversibly affected by an electrical bias, the movement of both oxygen and Sr vacancies and the formation of Sr′Ti-V∗O defect complexes during resistive switching are suggested. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1002/adfm.201500851
  • 2015 • 82 Open volume defects and magnetic phase transition in Fe60Al40 transition metal aluminide
    Liedke, M.O. and Anwand, W. and Bali, R. and Cornelius, S. and Butterling, M. and Trinh, T.T. and Wagner, A. and Salamon, S. and Walecki, D. and Smekhova, A. and Wende, H. and Potzger, K.
    Journal of Applied Physics 117 (2015)
    Magnetic phase transition in the Fe<inf>60</inf>Al<inf>40</inf> transition metal aluminide from the ferromagnetic disordered A2-phase to the paramagnetic ordered B2-phase as a function of annealing up to 1000 °C has been investigated by means of magneto-optical and spectroscopy techniques, i.e., Kerr effect, positron annihilation, and Mössbauer spectroscopy. The positron annihilation spectroscopy has been performed in-situ sequentially after each annealing step at the Apparatus for In-situ Defect Analysis that is a unique tool combining positron annihilation spectroscopy with temperature treatment, material evaporation, ion irradiation, and sheet resistance measurement techniques. The overall goal was to investigate the importance of the open volume defects onto the magnetic phase transition. No evidence of variation in the vacancy concentration in matching the magnetic phase transition temperature range (400-600 °C) has been found, whereas higher temperatures showed an increase in the vacancy concentration. © 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1063/1.4919014
  • 2015 • 81 Ab initio study of compositional trends in solid solution strengthening in metals with low Peierls stresses
    Ma, D. and Friák, M. and Von Pezold, J. and Neugebauer, J. and Raabe, D.
    Acta Materialia 98 367-376 (2015)
    Abstract We identify and analyze general trends governing solid solution strengthening in binary alloys containing solutes across the Periodic table using quantum-mechanical calculations. Here we present calculations for the model system of Al binary solid solutions. The identified trends originate from an approximately parabolic dependence of two strengthening parameters to quantitatively predict the solid solution strengthening effect, i.e. the volume and slip misfit parameters. The volume misfit parameter shows a minimum (concave-up behavior) as a function of the solute element group number in the periodic table, whereas the slip misfit parameter shows a maximum (concave-down behavior). By analyzing reported data, a similar trend is also found in Ni and Mg (basal slip) binary systems. Hence, these two strengthening parameters are strongly anti-correlated, which can be understood in terms of the Fermi level shift in the framework of free electron model. The chemical trends identified in this study enable a rapid and efficient identification of the solutes that provide optimum solid-solution strengthening. The approach described here may thus serve as basis for ab initio guided metallurgical materials design. © 2015 Acta Materialia Inc.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.actamat.2015.07.054
  • 2015 • 80 Note: Ion-induced secondary electron emission from oxidized metal surfaces measured in a particle beam reactor
    Marcak, A. and Corbella, C. and de los Arcos, T. and von Keudell, A.
    Review of Scientific Instruments 86 106102 (2015)
    The secondary electron emission of metals induced by slow ions is characterized in a beam chamber by means of two coaxial semi-cylindrical electrodes with different apertures. The voltages of the outer electrode (screening), inner electrode (collector), and sample holder (target) were set independently in order to measure the effective yield of potential and kinetic electron emissions during ion bombardment. Aluminum samples were exposed to quantified beams of argon ions up to 2000 eV and to oxygen atoms and molecules in order to mimic the plasma-surface interactions on metallic targets during reactive sputtering. The variation of electron emission yield was correlated to the ion energy and to the oxidation state of Al surfaces. This system provides reliable measurements of the electron yields in real time and is of great utility to explore the fundamental surface processes during target poisoning occurring in reactive magnetron sputtering applications. (C) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1063/1.4932309
  • 2015 • 79 High-throughput screening of thin-film semiconductor material libraries II: Characterization of Fe-W-O libraries
    Meyer, R. and Sliozberg, K. and Khare, C. and Schuhmann, W. and Ludwig, Al.
    ChemSusChem 8 1279-1285 (2015)
    Metal oxides are promising materials for solar water splitting. To identify suitable materials within the ternary system Fe-W-O, thin-film material libraries with combined thickness and compositional gradients were synthesized by combinatorial reactive magnetron sputtering. These libraries (>1000 different samples) were investigated by means of structural and functional high-throughput characterization techniques to establish correlations between composition, crystallinity, morphology, thickness, and photocurrent density in the compositional range between (Fe<inf>6</inf>W<inf>94</inf>)O<inf>x</inf> and (Fe<inf>61</inf>W<inf>39</inf>)O<inf>x</inf>. In addition to the well-known phase WO<inf>3</inf>, the binary phase W<inf>5</inf>O<inf>14</inf> and the ternary phase Fe<inf>2</inf>O<inf>6</inf>W show enhanced photoelectrochemical activity. The highest photocurrent density of 65 μA cm-2 was achieved for the composition (Fe<inf>15</inf>W<inf>85</inf>)O<inf>x</inf>, which contains the W<inf>5</inf>O<inf>14</inf> phase and has a thickness of 1060 nm. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1002/cssc.201402918
  • 2015 • 78 Model-independent measurement of the charge density distribution along an Fe atom probe needle using off-axis electron holography without mean inner potential effects
    Migunov, V. and London, A. and Farle, M. and Dunin-Borkowski, R.E.
    Journal of Applied Physics 117 134301 (2015)
    The one-dimensional charge density distribution along an electrically biased Fe atom probe needle is measured using a model-independent approach based on off-axis electron holography in the transmission electron microscope. Both the mean inner potential and the magnetic contribution to the phase shift are subtracted by taking differences between electron-optical phase images recorded with different voltages applied to the needle. The measured one-dimensional charge density distribution along the needle is compared with a similar result obtained using model-based fitting of the phase shift surrounding the needle. On the assumption of cylindrical symmetry, it is then used to infer the three-dimensional electric field and electrostatic potential around the needle with ∼10 nm spatial resolution, without needing to consider either the influence of the perturbed reference wave or the extension of the projected potential outside the field of view of the electron hologram. The present study illustrates how a model-independent approach can be used to measure local variations in charge density in a material using electron holography in the presence of additional contributions to the phase, such as those arising from changes in mean inner potential and specimen thickness. © 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1063/1.4916609
  • 2015 • 77 Relaxation dynamics of majority and minority electrons after ultrashort laser excitation
    Mueller, B.Y. and Cinchetti, M. and Aeschlimann, M. and Schneider, H.C. and Rethfeld, B.
    159 116-119 (2015)
    We analyze the ultrafast demagnetization after ultrashort laser excitation by a kinetic model based on Elliott-Yafet scattering processes. By applying complete Boltzmann scattering integrals we trace the majority and minority electrons as well as phonons in the sample. Additionally, we allow for dynamical changes in the exchange splitting between majority and minority electrons. We find that our model has the potential to describe the magnetization dynamics and provides insights in the relaxation dynamics of the non-equilibrium electron system. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1007/978-3-319-07743-7_37
  • 2015 • 76 Effects of strain amplitude, cycle number and orientation on low cycle fatigue microstructures in austenitic stainless steel studied by electron channelling contrast imaging
    Nellessen, J. and Sandlöbes, S. and Raabe, D.
    Acta Materialia 87 86-99 (2015)
    Substructure analysis on cyclically deformed metals is typically performed by time-consuming transmission electron microscopy probing, thus limiting such studies often to a single parameter. Here, we present a novel approach which consists in combining electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), digital image correlation and electron channelling contrast imaging (ECCI), enabling us to systematically probe a large matrix of different parameters with the aim of correlating and comparing their interdependence. The main focus here is to identify the influence of cycle number, initial grain orientation and local strain amplitude on the evolving dislocation patterns. Therefore, experiments up to 100 cycles were performed on a polycrystalline austenitic stainless steel with local strain amplitudes between 0.35% and 0.95%. EBSD and ECCI maps reveal the individual influence of each parameter while the others remained constant. We find that the dislocation structures strongly depend on grain orientation. Dislocation structures in grains with double-slip (〈1 1 2〉 // LD, 〈1 2 2〉 // LD and 〈0 1 2〉 // LD) and multiple-slip (〈1 1 1〉 // LD, M 〈0 1 1〉 // LD and 〈0 0 1〉 // LD) orientations with respect to the loading direction (LD) are characterized under the variation of strain amplitude and cycle number. © 2014 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.actamat.2014.12.024
  • 2015 • 75 Controlling the polarity of metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy-grown GaP on Si(111) for subsequent III-V nanowire growth
    Paszuk, A. and Brückner, S. and Steidl, M. and Zhao, W. and Dobrich, A. and Supplie, O. and Kleinschmidt, P. and Prost, W. and Hannappel, T.
    Applied Physics Letters 106 (2015)
    Nanowire growth on heteroepitaxial GaP/Si(111) by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy requires the [-1-1-1] face, i.e., GaP(111) material with B-type polarity. Low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) allows us to identify the polarity of GaP grown on Si(111), since (2×2) and (1×1) surface reconstructions are associated with GaP(111)A and GaP(111)B, respectively. In dependence on the pre-growth treatment of the Si(111) substrates, we were able to control the polarity of the GaP buffers. GaP films grown on the H-terminated Si(111) surface exhibited A-type polarity, while GaP grown on Si surfaces terminated with arsenic exhibited a (1×1) LEED pattern, indicating B-type polarity. We obtained vertical GaAs nanowire growth on heteroepitaxial GaP with (1×1) surface reconstruction only, in agreement with growth experiments on homoepitaxially grown GaP(111). © 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1063/1.4922275
  • 2015 • 74 Error analysis of the crystal orientations and disorientations obtained by the classical electron backscatter diffraction technique
    Ram, F. and Zaefferer, S. and Jäpel, T. and Raabe, D.
    Journal of Applied Crystallography 48 797-813 (2015)
    The fidelity - that is, the error, precision and accuracy - of the crystallographic orientations and disorientations obtained by the classical two-dimensional Hough-transform-based analysis of electron backscatter diffraction patterns (EBSPs) is studied. Using EBSPs simulated based on the dynamical electron diffraction theory, the fidelity analysis that has been previously performed using the patterns simulated based on the theory of kinematic electron diffraction is improved. Using the same patterns, the efficacy of a Fisher-distribution-based analytical accuracy measure for orientation and disorientation is verified.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1107/S1600576715005762
  • 2015 • 73 Mode-selected heat flow through a one-dimensional waveguide network
    Riha, C. and Miechowski, P. and Buchholz, S.S. and Chiatti, O. and Wieck, A.D. and Reuter, D. and Fischer, S.F.
    Applied Physics Letters 106 (2015)
    Cross-correlated measurements of thermal noise are performed to determine the electron temperature in nanopatterned channels of a GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructure at 4.2K. Two-dimensional (2D) electron reservoirs are connected via an extended one-dimensional (1D) electron waveguide network. Hot electrons are produced using a current Ih in a source 2D reservoir, are transmitted through the ballistic 1D waveguide, and relax in a drain 2D reservoir. We find that the electron temperature increase, ΔTe, in the drain is proportional to the square of the heating current Ih, as expected from Joule's law. No temperature increase is observed in the drain when the 1D waveguide does not transmit electrons. Therefore, we conclude that electron-phonon interaction is negligible for heat transport between 2D reservoirs at temperatures below 4.2K. Furthermore, mode control of the 1D electron waveguide by application of a top-gate voltage reveals that ΔTe is not proportional to the number of populated subbands N, as previously observed in single 1D conductors. This can be explained with the splitting of the heat flow in the 1D waveguide network. © 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1063/1.4908052
  • 2015 • 72 Thickness-dependent electron-lattice equilibration in laser-excited thin bismuth films
    Sokolowski-Tinten, K. and Li, R.K. and Reid, A.H. and Weathersby, S.P. and Quirin, F. and Chase, T. and Coffee, R. and Corbett, J. and Fry, A. and Hartmann, N. and Hast, C. and Hettel, R. and Horn-Von Hoegen, M. and Janoschka, D. ...
    New Journal of Physics 17 (2015)
    Electron-phonon coupling processes determine electronic transport properties of materials and are responsible for the transfer of electronic excess energy to the lattice. With decreasing device dimensions an understanding of these processes in nanoscale materials is becoming increasingly important. Here we use time-resolved electron diffraction to directly study energy relaxation in thin bismuth films after optical excitation. Precise measurements of the transient Debye-Waller-effect for various film thicknesses and over an extended range of excitation fluences allow to separate different contributions to the incoherent lattice response. While phonon softening in the electronically excited state is responsible for an immediate increase of the r.m.s. atomic displacement within a few hundred fs, 'ordinary' electron-phonon coupling leads to subsequent heating of the material on a few ps time-scale. The data reveal distinct changes in the energy transfer dynamics which becomes faster for stronger excitation and smaller film thickness, respectively. The latter effect is attributed to a cross-interfacial coupling of excited electrons to phonons in the substrate. © 2015 IOP Publishing Ltd and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/1367-2630/17/11/113047
  • 2015 • 71 Implications of electron heating and non-uniformities in a VHF-CCP for sterilization of medical instruments
    Stapelmann, K. and Fiebrandt, M. and Styrnoll, T. and Baldus, S. and Bibinov, N. and Awakowicz, P.
    Plasma Sources Science and Technology 24 (2015)
    A capacitively coupled plasma driven at a frequency of 81.36 MHz from the VHF-band is investigated by means of optical emission spectroscopy (OES) and multipole resonance probe (MRP). The discharge is operated with hydrogen, yielding an electropositive discharge, as well as oxygen, yielding an electronegative discharge, and mixtures of both. Pressure is varied from p = 5 Pa to p = 25 Pa. Homogeneity of the discharge is investigated by CCD camera recordings as well as spatially resolved multipole resonance probe measurements. The results indicate the presence of electromagnetic edge effects as well as standing wave effects. Furthermore, a largely homogeneous discharge can be achieved with hydrogen as process gas at a pressure of p = 5-10 Pa. With increasing pressure as well as with increasing oxygen content, the discharge appears less homogeneously. The transition from an electropositive to an electronegative discharge leads to a change in electron heating mechanisms, with pronounced local maxima of electron density at the sheath edges. A comparison of OES and MRP results reveal a significant difference in electron density, which can be explained by a non-Maxwellian distribution function of electrons. © 2015 IOP Publishing Ltd.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/0963-0252/24/3/034014
  • 2015 • 70 Grain boundary segregation in multicrystalline silicon: Correlative characterization by EBSD, EBIC, and atom probe tomography
    Stoffers, A. and Cojocaru-Mirédin, O. and Seifert, W. and Zaefferer, S. and Riepe, S. and Raabe, D.
    Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications 23 1742-1753 (2015)
    This study aims to better understand the influence of crystallographic structure and impurity decoration on the recombination activity at grain boundaries in multicrystalline silicon. A sample of the upper part of a multicrystalline silicon ingot with intentional addition of iron and copper has been investigated. Correlative electron-beam-induced current, electron backscatter diffraction, and atom probe tomography data for different types of grain boundaries are presented. For a symmetric coherent Σ3 twin boundary, with very low recombination activity, no impurities are detected. In case of a non-coherent (random) high-angle grain boundary and higher order twins with pronounced recombination activity, carbon and oxygen impurities are observed to decorate the interface. Copper contamination is detected for the boundary with the highest recombination activity in this study, a random high-angle grain boundary located in the vicinity of a triple junction. The 3D atom probe tomography study presented here is the first direct atomic scale identification and quantification of impurities decorating grain boundaries in multicrystalline silicon. The observed deviations in chemical decoration and induced current could be directly linked with different crystallographic structures of silicon grain boundaries. Hence, the current work establishes a direct correlation between grain boundary structure, atomic scale segregation information, and electrical activity. It can help to identify interface-property relationships for silicon interfaces that enable grain boundary engineering in multicrystalline silicon. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1002/pip.2614
  • 2015 • 69 Charging effect reduction in electron beam lithography and observation of single nanopillars on highly insulating substrates
    Tirpanci, Ş. and Bürgler, D.E. and Schneider, C.M. and Rameev, B. and Aktaş, B.
    Microelectronic Engineering 140 33-37 (2015)
    Electron beam writing and imaging of nanoscale structures on highly insulating substrates severely suffer from charging effects, which cause reduction in pattern resolution, positioning precision, and imaging quality. Conductive layers deposited above or below the resist layer can effectively reduce charge accumulation, but often give rise to contamination impairing the physical and chemical properties of functional nanostructures. Here we deal with top and bottom contacted, sub-micron-sized nanopillars made from multilayer stacks comprising ferromagnetic and non-magnetic materials for the study of current-induced magnetization dynamics. We show how the charging effects in a previously established fabrication process for single-crystalline nanopillars by H. Dassow et al. (2006) [1] can be significantly reduced by using the bottom electrode layer as charge dissipater and only isolating and disconnecting the bottom electrodes from ground after the fabrication of the delicate nanopillar structure by electron beam lithography. The modified process is successfully applied to Co<inf>2</inf>MnSi/Ag/Co<inf>2</inf>MnSi(001) multilayer stacks grown on highly insulating MgO substrates. Ellipsoidal nanopillars with a cross-section of 75 × 120 nm2 reveal 2% giant magnetoresistance and angular dependent magnetization behavior due to the magnetic anisotropy of the elliptical nanomagnets. © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.mee.2015.05.007
  • 2015 • 68 Electron lifetimes in a 2D electron-gas with rashba SO-coupling: Screening properties
    Vollmar, S. and Ruffing, A. and Jakobs, S. and Baral, A. and Kaltenborn, S. and Cinchetti, M. and Aeschlimann, M. and Mathias, S. and Schneider, H.C.
    159 175-178 (2015)
    We calculate lifetimes due to electron-electron scattering in a 2D Rashba band structure and study the influence of the substrate screening. A comparison with measurements on the quantum-well system Bi/Cu(111) is presented. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1007/978-3-319-07743-7_56
  • 2015 • 67 Mega-electron-volt ultrafast electron diffraction at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
    Weathersby, S.P. and Brown, G. and Centurion, M. and Chase, T.F. and Coffee, R. and Corbett, J. and Eichner, J.P. and Frisch, J.C. and Fry, A.R. and Gühr, M. and Hartmann, N. and Hast, C. and Hettel, R. and Jobe, R.K. and Jongewa...
    Review of Scientific Instruments 86 (2015)
    Ultrafast electron probes are powerful tools, complementary to x-ray free-electron lasers, used to study structural dynamics in material, chemical, and biological sciences. High brightness, relativistic electron beams with femtosecond pulse duration can resolve details of the dynamic processes on atomic time and length scales. SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory recently launched the Ultrafast Electron Diffraction (UED) and microscopy Initiative aiming at developing the next generation ultrafast electron scattering instruments. As the first stage of the Initiative, a mega-electron-volt (MeV) UED system has been constructed and commissioned to serve ultrafast science experiments and instrumentation development. The system operates at 120-Hz repetition rate with outstanding performance. In this paper, we report on the SLAC MeV UED system and its performance, including the reciprocal space resolution, temporal resolution, and machine stability. © 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1063/1.4926994
  • 2015 • 66 Cyclic bending experiments on free-standing Cu micron lines observed by electron backscatter diffraction
    Wimmer, A. and Heinz, W. and Detzel, T. and Robl, W. and Nellessen, M. and Kirchlechner, C. and Dehm, G.
    Acta Materialia 83 460-469 (2015)
    Polycrystalline Cu samples 20 × 20 μm2 in size were cyclically bent inside a scanning electron microscope until fracture occurred. The microstructural changes were investigated by secondary electron imaging and electron backscatter diffraction. The in situ experiments revealed that, for the coarse-grained samples, it is not the external stress that dominates the cyclic deformation, but the local internal strength. This is in strong contrast to macroscopic bending samples, where deformation always happens near the fixed end of the bending beam and decreases constantly with increasing distance from the fixation. For micron-sized polycrystalline samples, the grain dimensions, dislocation density evolution and grain orientation (Taylor factor) can define the location of failure if the grain size and sample diameter become similar in size. A comparison with cyclic in situ tension-tension experiments (ratio of minimum stress to maximum stress R ≈ 0) reveals that cyclic bending experiments (R ≈ -1) undergo bulk-like fatigue deformation with extrusions/intrusions, in contrast to the experiments with R ≈ 0. Both the cyclic tension-tension and bending experiments can be described by a Basquin equation, although different mechanisms lead to failure of the samples. © 2014 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.actamat.2014.10.012
  • 2015 • 65 Light Induced H2 Evolution from a Biophotocathode Based on Photosystem 1 - Pt Nanoparticles Complexes Integrated in Solvated Redox Polymers Films
    Zhao, F. and Conzuelo, F. and Hartmann, V. and Li, H. and Nowaczyk, M.M. and Plumeré, N. and Rögner, M. and Schuhmann, W.
    Journal of Physical Chemistry B 119 13726-13731 (2015)
    We report on a biophotocathode based on photosystem 1 (PS1)-Pt nanoparticle complexes integrated in a redox hydrogel for photoelectrocatalytic H2 evolution at low overpotential. A poly(vinyl)imidazole Os(bispyridine)2Cl polymer serves as conducting matrix to shuttle the electrons from the electrode to the PS1-Pt complexes embedded within the hydrogel. Light induced charge separation at the PS1-Pt complexes results in the generation of photocurrents (4.8 ± 0.4 μA cm-2) when the biophotocathodes are exposed to anaerobic buffer solutions. Under these conditions, the protons are the sole possible electron acceptors, suggesting that the photocurrent generation is associated with H2 evolution. Direct evidence for the latter process is provided by monitoring the H2 production with a Pt microelectrode in scanning electrochemical microscopy configuration over the redox hydrogel film containing the PS1-Pt complexes under illumination. © 2015 American Chemical Society.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.5b03511
  • 2014 • 64 Antiferromagnetism in iron-based superconductors: Magnetic order in the model of delocalized electrons
    Eremin, I.M.
    Physics-Uspekhi 57 807-813 (2014)
    A theoretical analysis of the magnetic ordering mechanisms in parent ferropnictides (FPs) was investigated. The study takes into account that a ferropnictide remains metallic when it resides a magnetic state, and relies on a model that describes AFM order in terms of the spin density wave (SDW) for itinerant electrons. The reason is that optical conductivity measurements reveal a transfer of spectral weight from the Drude peak to the middle of the infrared peak, in accordance with the itinerant electron model that leads to AFM order. The SDW order parameter also becomes finite when the Fermi surface disappears. This results from the fact that an electron-hole loop formed by α and Β fermions is similar to the particle-particle loop because the α and Βband dispersions differ in sign. The calculated Fermi contours, ARPES spectral intensity, and the band dispersion near the Fermi level are consistent with the experimental data.
    view abstractdoi: 10.3367/UFNe.0184.201408g.0875
  • 2014 • 63 The adsorption behavior of octafluoropropane at the water/gas interface
    Giebel, F. and Paulus, M. and Nase, J. and Bieder, S. and Kiesel, I. and Tolan, M.
    Journal of Applied Physics 116 (2014)
    We studied the adsorption behavior of the gas octafluoropropane at the water/gas interface as a function of different pressures. In a custom-made measurement cell, the gas pressure was varied in a range between 1 bar and close to the condensation pressure of octafluoropropane. The electron density profiles of the adsorption layers show that the layer thickness increases with pressure. The evolution of the layer electron density indicates that the bulk electron density is reached if a layer consisting of more than one monolayer of octafluoropropane is adsorbed on the water surface. © 2014 AIP Publishing LLC.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1063/1.4902961
  • 2014 • 62 Epitaxial Cu(001) films grown on a Cr/Ag/Fe/GaAs(001) buffer system
    Gottlob, D.M. and Jansen, T. and Hoppe, M. and Bürgler, D.E. and Schneider, C.M.
    Thin Solid Films 562 250-253 (2014)
    We present a procedure to prepare single-crystalline, high-purity Cu(001) films (templates) suitable as substrates for subsequent epitaxial thin-film growth. The template films were grown in a dedicated molecular-beam epitaxy system on a Cr/Ag/Fe/GaAs(001) buffer layer system. Low-energy electron diffraction and X-ray diffraction were applied to determine the surface orientation and the epitaxial relationship between all layers of the stack. Post-annealing at moderate temperatures enhances the quality of the film as shown by low-energy electron diffraction and atomic force microscopy. X-ray photoemission and Auger electron spectroscopy confirm that no atoms of the buffer layers diffuse into the Cu film during the initial preparation and the post-annealing treatment. The completed Cu(001) template system can be exposed to air and afterwards refurbished by Ar+-ion bombardment and annealing, enabling the transfer between vacuum systems. The procedure provides suitable conductive thin film templates for studies of epitaxial thin films, e.g. on the magnetic and magnetotransport properties of Co and Ni based films and multilayers. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.tsf.2014.04.078
  • 2014 • 61 In-situ high-resolution low energy electron diffraction study of strain relaxation in heteroepitaxy of Bi(111) on Si(001): Interplay of strain state, misfit dislocation array and lattice parameter
    Hattab, H. and Jnawali, G. and Horn-Von Hoegen, M.
    Thin Solid Films 159-163 (2014)
    The relief of lattice mismatch-induced strain in Bi(111) on Si(001) heteroepitaxial system was investigated in real time as the Bi film relaxes, by means of high resolution low-energy electron diffraction (LEED). The inherent lattice mismatch of 2.5% at room temperature is accommodated through the formation of an ordered misfit dislocation array confined to the interface. The strain fields of the dislocations cause a periodic height undulation of the surface in the sub-Ångström regime, which is observed through spot splitting in LEED. From a simultaneous measurement of the position of the first-order LEED spots, which corresponds to the lattice parameter of the film, and of the separation of satellite spots, which corresponds to the ordering of the dislocation array, the evolution of the strain state during annealing of a 6 nm Bi film was determined. The strain is solely relaxed by full edge-type dislocations arranged in the ordered array at the interface. From the remaining strain of ε = 0.6% the critical thickness for generation of misfit dislocations under equilibrium conditions can be derived. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.tsf.2014.08.013
  • 2014 • 60 Engineered electron-transfer chain in photosystem 1 based photocathodes outperforms electron-transfer rates in natural photosynthesis
    Kothe, T. and Pöller, S. and Zhao, F. and Fortgang, P. and Rögner, M. and Schuhmann, W. and Plumeré, N.
    Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany) 20 11029-11034 (2014)
    Photosystem 1 (PS1) triggers the most energetic light-induced charge-separation step in nature and the in vivo electron-transfer rates approach 50 e(-)  s(-1)  PS1(-1). Photoelectrochemical devices based on this building block have to date underperformed with respect to their semiconductor counterparts or to natural photosynthesis in terms of electron-transfer rates. We present a rational design of a redox hydrogel film to contact PS1 to an electrode for photocurrent generation. We exploit the pH-dependent properties of a poly(vinyl)imidazole Os(bispyridine)2Cl polymer to tune the redox hydrogel film for maximum electron-transfer rates under optimal conditions for PS1 activity. The PS1-containing redox hydrogel film displays electron-transfer rates of up to 335±14 e(-)  s(-1)  PS1(-1), which considerably exceeds the rates observed in natural photosynthesis or in other semiartificial systems. Under O2 supersaturation, photocurrents of 322±19 μA cm(-2) were achieved. The photocurrents are only limited by mass transport of the terminal electron acceptor (O2). This implies that even higher electron-transfer rates may be achieved with PS1-based systems in general. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1002/chem.201402585
  • 2014 • 59 D-lactate-selective amperometric biosensor based on the cell debris of the recombinant yeast Hansenula polymorpha
    Smutok, O.V. and Dmytruk, K.V. and Karkovska, M.I. and Schuhmann, W. and Gonchar, M.V. and Sibirny, A.A.
    Talanta 125 227-232 (2014)
    A d-lactate-selective biosensor has been developed using cellsdebris of recombinant thermotolerant methylotrophic yeast Hansenula polymorpha, overproducing d-lactate: cytochrome c-oxidoreductase (EC, d-lactate dehydrogenase (cytochrome), DlDH). The H. polymorpha DlDH-producer was constructed in two steps. First, the gene CYB2 was deleted on the background of the C-105 (gcr1 catX) strain of H. polymorpha impaired in glucose repression and devoid of catalase activity to avoid specific l-lactate-cytochrome c oxidoreductase activity. Second, the homologous gene DLD1 coding for DlDH was overexpressed under the control of the strong H. polymorpha alcohol oxidase promoter in the frame of a plasmid for multicopy integration in the Δcyb2 strain. The selected recombinant strain possesses 6-fold increased DlDH activity as compared to the initial strain. The cellsdebris was used as a biorecognition element of a biosensor, since DlDH is strongly bound to mitochondrial membranes. The cellsdebris, prepared by mechanic disintegration of recombinant cells, was immobilized on a graphite working electrode in an electrochemically generated layer using an Os-complex modified cathodic electrodeposition polymer. Cytochrome c was used as additional native electron mediator to improve electron transfer from reduced DlDH to the working electrode. The constructed d-lactate-selective biosensors are characterized by a high sensitivity (46.3-61.6 A M-1 m-2), high selectivity and sufficient storage stability. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.talanta.2014.02.041
  • 2013 • 58 Long electron spin coherence in ion-implanted GaN: The role of localization
    Bu, J.H. and Rudolph, J. and Shvarkov, S. and Hardtdegen, H. and Wieck, A.D. and Hägele, D.
    Applied Physics Letters 102 (2013)
    The impact of Ga and Au ion implantation on the electron spin dynamics in bulk wurtzite GaN is studied by time-resolved Kerr-rotation spectroscopy. The spin relaxation time increases strongly by up to a factor of 20 for increasing implantation doses. This drastic increase is caused by a transition from delocalized to localized electrons. We find a characteristic change in the magnetic field dependence of spin relaxation that can be used as a sensitive probe for the degree of localization. © 2013 AIP Publishing LLC.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1063/1.4804558
  • 2013 • 57 Magneto-optical studies of Gd-implanted GaN: No spin alignment of conduction band electrons
    Buß, J.H. and Rudolph, J. and Shvarkov, S. and Semond, F. and Reuter, D. and Wieck, A.D. and Hägele, D.
    Applied Physics Letters 103 (2013)
    Gd-implanted wurtzite GaN as a candidate for a ferromagnetic dilute magnetic semiconductor is investigated by time-resolved magneto-optical spectroscopy. We observe a strong increase of the electron spin lifetimes for increasing Gd doses, while the electron spin Larmor precession frequency is independent of the Gd concentration. These findings are well explained by carrier localization at defects and a negligible interaction with Gd ions. The data show that Gd-implanted GaN cannot be used for an electron spin aligner. © 2013 AIP Publishing LLC.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1063/1.4819767
  • 2013 • 56 Application of SECM in tracing of hydrogen peroxide at multicomponent non-noble electrocatalyst films for the oxygen reduction reaction
    Dobrzeniecka, A. and Zeradjanin, A. and Masa, J. and Puschhof, A. and Stroka, J. and Kulesza, P.J. and Schuhmann, W.
    Catalysis Today 202 55-62 (2013)
    The redox competition mode of scanning electrochemical microscopy (RC-SECM) was used to study the electrocatalytic activity of three different non-noble metal O2 reduction catalysts at a pH value of 7.4, namely; multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), cobalt protoporphyrin (CoP) and a composite of MWCNTs/CoP. The collection efficiency of a scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) tip for the H2O2 generated by the reduction of O2 at the catalyst layer was almost 100%. Consequently, SECM experiments in a combined redox competition and generator/collector mode could be applied for the determination of the number of electrons exchanged during O2 reduction, leading to improved understanding of the intrinsic features of catalyst activity. This approach avoids the typical limitations encountered with rotating ring disk electrode (RRDE) voltammetry, notably, the variation of the quantity of H2O2 in the proximity of the electrode with the speed of electrode rotation or the chemical decomposition of reaction intermediates on the Pt ring, which often introduce inconsistencies and errors in the measured values of the number of exchanged electrons. It is commonly assumed that the O2 reduction reaction on most non-noble metal catalysts proceeds via formation of H2O 2 as an intermediate. The follow-up reaction of H2O 2, typically chemical decomposition or electrochemical reduction, influences the overall number of electrons exchanged during O2 reduction. In this study, we have confirmed by comparing the rate of electrochemical reduction of H2O2 using rotating disk electrode (RDE) measurements with its rate of chemical decomposition studied using a positioned SECM tip, that for the MWCNTs/CoP catalyst, chemical decomposition is predominantly determining the overall number of exchanged electrons per O2 molecule. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.cattod.2012.03.060
  • 2013 • 55 Influence of diffusion on space-charge-limited current measurements in organic semiconductors
    Kirchartz, T.
    Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology 4 180-188 (2013)
    Numerical simulations of current-voltage curves in electron-only devices are used to discuss the influence of charged defects on the information derived from fitting space-charge-limited current models to the data. Charged, acceptor-like defects lead to barriers impeding the flow of electrons in electron-only devices and therefore lead to a reduced current that is similar to the situation where the device has a built-in voltage. This reduced current will lead to an underestimation of the mobilities and an overestimation of characteristic tail slopes if analytical equations are used to analyze the data. Correcting for the barrier created by the charged defects can, however, be a successful way to still be able to obtain reasonably accurate mobility values. © 2013 Kirchartz; licensee Beilstein-Institut.
    view abstractdoi: 10.3762/bjnano.4.18
  • 2013 • 54 Al-induced faceting of Si(113)
    Klein, C. and Heidmann, I. and Nabbefeld, T. and Speckmann, M. and Schmidt, T. and Meyer zu Heringdorf, F.-J. and Falta, J. and Horn-Von Hoegen, M.
    Surface Science 618 109-114 (2013)
    Adsorption of Al on a Si(113) substrate at elevated temperatures causes a faceting transition of the initially flat surface. The (113) surface decomposes into a quasi-periodic sequence of Al terminated (115)- and (112)-facets. The resulting surface morphology is characterized in-situ by reciprocal space maps obtained with in-situ spot profile analyzing low-energy electron diffraction and ex-situ atomic force microscopy. The periodicity length of the faceted surface increases with adsorption temperature from 7 nm at 650 C to 80 nm at 800 C. The stability of the Al terminated Si(112) surface is the driving force for the faceting transition. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.susc.2013.08.007
  • 2013 • 53 Direct electron transfer of Trametes hirsuta laccase adsorbed at unmodified nanoporous gold electrodes
    Salaj-Kosla, U. and Pöller, S. and Schuhmann, W. and Shleev, S. and Magner, E.
    Bioelectrochemistry 91 15-20 (2013)
    The enzyme Trametes hirsuta laccase undergoes direct electron transfer at unmodified nanoporous gold electrodes, displaying a current density of 28μA/cm2. The response indicates that ThLc was immobilised at the surface of the nanopores in a manner which promoted direct electron transfer, in contrast to the absence of a response at unmodified polycrystalline gold electrodes. The bioelectrocatalytic activity of ThLc modified nanoporous gold electrodes was strongly dependent on the presence of halide ions. Fluoride completely inhibited the enzymatic response, whereas in the presence of 150mM Cl-, the current was reduced to 50% of the response in the absence of Cl-. The current increased by 40% when the temperature was increased from 20°C to 37°C. The response is limited by enzymatic and/or enzyme electrode kinetics and is 30% of that observed for ThLc co-immobilised with an osmium redox polymer. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.bioelechem.2012.11.001
  • 2013 • 52 To tilt or not to tilt: Correction of the distortion caused by inclined sample surfaces in low-energy electron diffraction
    Sojka, F. and Meissner, M. and Zwick, C. and Forker, R. and Vyshnepolsky, M. and Klein, C. and Horn-von Hoegen, M. and Fritz, T.
    Ultramicroscopy 133 35-40 (2013)
    Low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) is a widely employed technique for the structural characterization of crystalline surfaces and epitaxial adsorbates. For technical reasons the accessible reciprocal space is limited at a given primary electron energy E. This limitation may be overcome by sweeping E to observe higher diffraction orders decisively enhancing the quantitative examination. Yet, in many cases, such as molecular films with rather large unit cells, the adsorbate reflexes become less pronounced at energies high enough to observe substrate reflexes. One possibility to overcome this problem is an intentional inclination of the sample surface during the measurement at the expense of the quantitative interpretability of then severely distorted diffraction patterns. Here, we introduce a correction method for the axially symmetric distortion in LEED images of tilted samples. We provide experimental confirmation for micro-channel plate LEED and spot-profile analysis LEED instruments using the (7×7) reconstructed surface of a Si(111) single crystal as a reference sample. Finally, we demonstrate that the correction of this distortion considerably improves the quantitative analysis of diffraction patterns of adsorbates since substrate and adsorbate reflexes can be evaluated simultaneously. As an illustrative example we have chosen an epitaxial monolayer of 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride on Ag(111) that is known to form a commensurate superstructure. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.ultramic.2013.04.005
  • 2013 • 51 Process diagnostics and monitoring using the multipole resonance probe in an inhomogeneous plasma for ion-assisted deposition of optical coatings
    Styrnoll, T. and Harhausen, J. and Lapke, M. and Storch, R. and Brinkmann, R.P. and Foest, R. and Ohl, A. and Awakowicz, P.
    Plasma Sources Science and Technology 22 (2013)
    The application of a multipole resonance probe (MRP) for diagnostic and monitoring purposes in a plasma ion-assisted deposition (PIAD) process is reported. Recently, the MRP was proposed as an economical and industry compatible plasma diagnostic device (Lapke et al 2011 Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 20 042001). The major advantages of the MRP are its robustness against dielectric coating and its high sensitivity to measure the electron density. The PIAD process investigated is driven by the advanced plasma source (APS), which generates an ion beam in the deposition chamber for the production of high performance optical coatings. With a background neutral pressure of p 0 ~ 20 mPa the plasma expands from the source region into the recipient, leading to an inhomogeneous spatial distribution. Electron density and electron temperature vary over the distance from substrate (ne ~ 109 cm-3 and Te,eff ~ 2 eV) to the APS (ne >~ 1012 cm-3 and Te,eff ~ 20 eV) (Harhausen et al 2012 Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 21 035012). This huge variation of the plasma parameters represents a big challenge for plasma diagnostics to operate precisely for all plasma conditions. The results obtained by the MRP are compared to those from a Langmuir probe chosen as reference diagnostics. It is demonstrated that the MRP is suited for the characterization of the PIAD plasma as well as for electron density monitoring. The latter aspect offers the possibility to develop new control schemes for complex industrial plasma environments. © 2013 IOP Publishing Ltd.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/0963-0252/22/4/045008
  • 2012 • 50 The energy barrier in singlet fission can be overcome through coherent coupling and entropic gain
    Chan, W.-L. and Ligges, M. and Zhu, X.-Y.
    Nature Chemistry 4 840-845 (2012)
    One strategy to improve solar-cell efficiency is to generate two excited electrons from just one photon through singlet fission, which is the conversion of a singlet (S 1) into two triplet (T 1) excitons. For efficient singlet fission it is believed that the cumulative energy of the triplet states should be no more than that of S 1. However, molecular analogues that satisfy this energetic requirement do not show appreciable singlet fission, whereas crystalline tetracene displays endothermic singlet fission with near-unity quantum yield. Here we probe singlet fission in tetracene by directly following the intermediate multiexciton (ME) state. The ME state is isoenergetic with 2×T 1, but fission is not activated thermally. Rather, an S 1 ⇔ ME superposition formed through a quantum-coherent process allows access to the higher-energy ME. We attribute entropic gain in crystalline tetracene as the driving force for the subsequent decay of S 1 ⇔ ME into 2×T 1, which leads to a high singlet-fission yield. © 2012 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1038/nchem.1436
  • 2012 • 49 Dislocation density measurement by electron channeling contrast imaging in a scanning electron microscope
    Gutierrez-Urrutia, I. and Raabe, D.
    Scripta Materialia 66 343-346 (2012)
    We have measured the average dislocation density by electron channeling contrast imaging (ECCI) in a scanning electron microscope under controlled diffraction conditions in a Fe-3 wt.% Si alloy tensile deformed to a macroscopic stress of 500 MPa. Under optimal diffraction conditions, ECCI provides an average dislocation density close to that obtained by bright-field transmission electron microscopy. This result confirms that ECCI is a powerful technique for determining dislocation densities in deformed bulk metals. © 2011 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.scriptamat.2011.11.027
  • 2012 • 48 Electron-nuclei spin coupling in GaAs-Free versus localized electrons
    Huang, J. and Chen, Y.S. and Ludwig, Ar. and Reuter, D. and Wieck, A.D. and Bacher, G.
    Applied Physics Letters 100 (2012)
    We report on an experimental evidence of a significantly different dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) for localized and itinerant electrons in n-GaAs. Optically injected spin-polarized electrons are used to generate dynamic nuclear polarization via electron-nucleus hyperfine interaction. Using time resolved Kerr rotation measurements for probing the transient Overhauser field, the DNP time constants for itinerant and localized electrons are extracted to be 10 min and less than 1 min, respectively. This is attributed to a rapid DNP occurring in the vicinity of the donors followed by a delayed nuclear spin polarization in between the donor sites. © 2012 American Institute of Physics.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1063/1.3699261
  • 2012 • 47 New insights into hard phases of CoCrMo metal-on-metal hip replacements
    Liao, Y. and Pourzal, R. and Stemmer, P. and Wimmer, M.A. and Jacobs, J.J. and Fischer, A. and Marks, L.D.
    Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials 12 39-49 (2012)
    The microstructural and mechanical properties of the hard phases in CoCrMo prosthetic alloys in both cast and wrought conditions were examined using transmission electron microscopy and nanoindentation. Besides the known carbides of M23C6-type (M=Cr, Mo, Co) and M6C-type which are formed by either eutectic solidification or precipitation, a new mixed-phase hard constituent has been found in the cast alloys, which is composed of ~100nm fine grains. The nanosized grains were identified to be mostly of M23C6 type using nano-beam precession electron diffraction, and the chemical composition varied from grain to grain being either Cr- or Co-rich. In contrast, the carbides within the wrought alloy having the same M23C6 structure were homogeneous, which can be attributed to the repeated heating and deformation steps. Nanoindentation measurements showed that the hardness of the hard phase mixture in the cast specimen was ~15.7GPa, while the M23C6 carbides in the wrought alloy were twice as hard (~30.7GPa). The origin of the nanostructured hard phase mixture was found to be related to slow cooling during casting. Mixed hard phases were produced at a cooling rate of 0.2°C/s, whereas single phase carbides were formed at a cooling rate of 50°C/s. This is consistent with sluggish kinetics and rationalizes different and partly conflicting microstructural results in the literature, and could be a source of variations in the performance of prosthetic devices in-vivo. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2012.03.013
  • 2012 • 46 Electron transport in partially filled iron carbon nanotubes
    Migunov, V. and Li, Z.-A. and Spasova, M. and Farle, M.
    Solid State Phenomena 190 498-501 (2012)
    We report electron transport properties of iron filled multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) with outer diameters of 30 to 80 nm and lengths of 1 to 10 μm. Our study is combined with a structural investigation of the iron core using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). It was found that high current densities of 1.8×107A/cm2 increase the conductivity of the MWCNT by a factor of two at 300 K, while the Fe core disappears probably forming defect states in the carbon shells. The enhanced diffusion of iron is most probably the result of local heating of the iron followed by implantation of iron atoms in the nanotube layers. © (2012) Trans Tech Publications.
    view abstractdoi: 10.4028/
  • 2012 • 45 Surface damage of silicon after swift heavy ion irradiation
    Peters, T. and Alzaher, I. and Ban D'Etat, B. and Cassimi, A. and Monnet, I. and Lebius, H. and Schleberger, M.
    Journal of Physics: Conference Series 388 (2012)
    In order to answer the long-standing question, if silicon surfaces can be damaged by swift heavy ions, a set-up to study ion-irradiation damage of reactive surfaces is presented. This set-up allows for the first time to avoid oxidization of the silicone surface during the experimental study. Scanning tunneling microscopy as well as low-energy electron diffraction was used to study the surfaces before and after irradiation. Silicon surfaces were prepared by flash-heating before irradiation with swift heavy ions (Xenon at 0.9 MeV/u). The targets stayed in ultra-high vacuum during preparation, irradiation and surface imaging. No surface damage was detected, at normal as well as at grazing incidence angle. © Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/1742-6596/388/13/132035
  • 2012 • 44 DFT calculations suggest a new type of self-protection and self-inhibition mechanism in the mammalian heme enzyme myeloperoxidase: Nucleophilic addition of a functional water rather than one-electron reduction
    Sicking, W. and Somnitz, H. and Schmuck, C.
    Chemistry - A European Journal 18 10937-10948 (2012)
    The mammalian heme enzyme myeloperoxidase (MPO) catalyzes the reaction of Cl- to the antimicrobial-effective molecule HOCl. During the catalytic cycle, a reactive intermediate "Compound I" (Cpd I) is generated. Cpd I has the ability to destroy the enzyme. Indeed, in the absence of any substrate, Cpd I decays with a half-life of 100 ms to an intermediate called Compound II (Cpd II), which is typically the one-electron reduced Cpd I. However, the nature of Cpd II, its spectroscopic properties, and the source of the additional electron are only poorly understood. On the basis of DFT and time-dependent (TD)-DFT quantum chemical calculations at the PBE0/6-31G* level, we propose an extended mechanism involving a new intermediate, which allows MPO to protect itself from self-oxidation or self-destruction during the catalytic cycle. Because of its similarity in electronic structure to Cpd II, we named this intermediate Cpd IIa'. However, the suggested mechanism and our proposed functional structure of Cpd IIa' are based on the hypothesis that the heme is reduced by charge separation caused by reaction with a water molecule, and not, as is normally assumed, by the transfer of an electron. In the course of this investigation, we found a second intermediate, the reduced enzyme, towards which the new mechanism is equally transferable. In analogy to Cpd II′, we named it FeIIa'. The proposed new intermediates Cpd IIa' and FeIIa' allow the experimental findings, which have been well documented in the literature for decades but not so far understood, to be explained for the first time. These encompass a) the spontaneous decay of Cpd I, b) the unusual (chlorin-like) UV/Vis, circular dichroism (CD), and resonance Raman spectra, c) the inability of reduced MPO to bind CO, d) the fact that MPO-Cpd II reduces SCN- but not Cl-, and e) the experimentally observed auto-oxidation/auto-reduction features of the enzyme. Our new mechanism is also transferable to cytochromes, and could well be viable for heme enzymes in general. Heme mechanisms explained: Direct visual comparison with Cpd II demonstrates that Cpd II′ is a one-electron reduced intermediate with respect to the heme system. In both cases an electron is transferred: in Cpd II from an external donor, and in Cpd II′ through charge separation caused by reaction with a water molecule (see figure). Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1002/chem.201103477
  • 2012 • 43 A few-electron quadruple quantum dot in a closed loop
    Thalineau, R. and Hermelin, S. and Wieck, A.D. and Bäuerle, C. and Saminadayar, L. and Meunier, T.
    Applied Physics Letters 101 (2012)
    We report the realization of a quadruple quantum dot device in a square-like configuration where a single electron can be transferred on a closed path free of other electrons. By studying the stability diagrams of this system, we demonstrate that we are able to reach the few-electron regime and to control the electronic population of each quantum dot with gate voltages. This allows us to control the transfer of a single electron on a closed path inside the quadruple dot system. This work opens the route towards electron spin manipulation using spin-orbit interaction by moving an electron on complex paths free of electrons. © 2012 American Institute of Physics.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1063/1.4749811
  • 2011 • 42 Long room-temperature electron spin lifetimes in bulk cubic GaN
    Buß, J.H. and Rudolph, J. and Schupp, T. and As, D.J. and Lischka, K. and Hägele, D.
    Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering 7937 (2011)
    We report on very long electron spin lifetimes in cubic GaN measured by time-resolved Kerr-rotation-spectroscopy. The spin coherence times with and without external magnetic field exceed 500 ps at room temperature, despite a high n-type doping level of more than 1019 cm-3 in the bulk sample under investigation. Our findings are therefore highly relevant for spin optoelectronics in the blue wavelength regime. The spin lifetimes are found to be almost temperature independent in accord with a prediction for degenerate electron gases of Dyakonov and Perel from 1972. These results are discussed also in comparison to wurtzite GaN, which shows much shorter spin lifetimes and a dependence of spin lifetimes on the spin orientation. © 2011 Copyright Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE).
    view abstractdoi: 10.1117/12.873395
  • 2011 • 41 Effect of fermi surface nesting on resonant spin excitations in Ba 1-xKxFe2As2
    Castellan, J.-P. and Rosenkranz, S. and Goremychkin, E.A. and Chung, D.Y. and Todorov, I.S. and Kanatzidis, M.G. and Eremin, I. and Knolle, J. and Chubukov, A.V. and Maiti, S. and Norman, M.R. and Weber, F. and Claus, H. and Guidi...
    Physical Review Letters 107 (2011)
    We report inelastic neutron scattering measurements of the resonant spin excitations in Ba1-xKxFe2As2 over a broad range of electron band filling. The fall in the superconducting transition temperature with hole doping coincides with the magnetic excitations splitting into two incommensurate peaks because of the growing mismatch in the hole and electron Fermi surface volumes, as confirmed by a tight-binding model with s±-symmetry pairing. The reduction in Fermi surface nesting is accompanied by a collapse of the resonance binding energy and its spectral weight, caused by the weakening of electron-electron correlations. © 2011 American Physical Society.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.177003
  • 2011 • 40 A molecular dynamics investigation of kinetic electron emission from silver surfaces under varying angle of projectile impact
    Duvenbeck, A. and Hanke, S. and Weidtmann, B. and Wucher, A.
    Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms 269 1661-1664 (2011)
    We present a computer simulation study on the influence of the impact angle of the projectile on kinetic electron emission yields for 5-keV Ag → Ag bombardment. By means of a hybrid computer simulation model incorporating (i) the particle dynamics following the primary particle impact, (ii) the kinetically induced electronic substrate excitations via electronic friction and electron promotion and (iii) the transport of excitation energy away from the spot of generation, a full three-dimensional electron temperature profile within the volume affected by the atomic collision cascade is calculated. This profile is evaluated at the very surface of the target and taken as input for a thermionic model ('hot-spot-model') for kinetic electron emission. Averaging the results for different choices of the polar angle of incidence Θ over a large set of impact points, the obtained kinetic electron emission yields can be compared with experimental data and predictions from simple geometrical calculations. The presented simulation results appear to be reasonable in comparison with experimental data as well as with simple geometrical considerations of kinetic electron emission under oblique incidence. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.nimb.2010.11.082
  • 2011 • 39 XeF2 gas-assisted focused-electron-beaminduced etching of GaAs with 30 nm resolution
    Ganczarczyk, A. and Geller, M. P. and Lorke, A.
    Nanotechnology 22 (2011)
    We demonstrate the gas-assisted focused-electron-beam (FEB)-induced etching of GaAs with a resolution of 30 nm at room temperature. We use a scanning electron microscope (SEM) in a dual beam focused ion beam together with xenon difluoride (XeF2) that can be injected by a needle directly onto the sample surface. We show that the FEB-induced etching with XeF2 as a precursor gas results in isotropic and smooth etching of GaAs, while the etch rate depends strongly on the beam current and the electron energy. The natural oxide of GaAs at the sample surface inhibits the etching process; hence, oxide removal in combination with chemical surface passivation is necessary as a strategy to enable this high-resolution etching alternative for GaAs. © 2011 IOP Publishing Ltd.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/0957-4484/22/4/045301
  • 2011 • 38 From attraction to repulsion: Anion-π interactions between bromide and fluorinated phenyl groups
    Giese, M. and Albrecht, M. and Bannwarth, C. and Raabe, G. and Valkonen, A. and Rissanen, K.
    Chemical Communications 47 8542-8544 (2011)
    Anion-π interactions in crystals of fluorobenzyl ammonium salts depend on the degree of fluorination at the aromatics. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2011.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1039/c1cc12667a
  • 2011 • 37 Interdigitating biocalcite dendrites form a 3-D jigsaw structure in brachiopod shells
    Goetz, A.J. and Steinmetz, D.R. and Griesshaber, E. and Zaefferer, S. and Raabe, D. and Kelm, K. and Irsen, S. and Sehrbrock, A. and Schmahl, W.W.
    Acta Biomaterialia 7 2237-2243 (2011)
    We report a newly discovered dense microstructure of dendrite-like biocalcite that is formed by marine organisms. High spatial resolution electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) was carried out under specific analytical conditions (15 and 10 kV) on the primary layer of the modern brachiopod Gryphus vitreus. The primary layer of modern brachiopods, previously termed nanocrystalline, is formed by an array of concave/convex calcite grains with interdigitated recesses and protrusions of abutting crystals without any cavities in or between the dendrites. The interface topology of this structure ranges from a few tens of nanometres to tens of micrometres, giving a nanoscale structure to the material fabric. The dendritic grains show a spread of crystallographic orientation of several degrees and can thus be referred to as mesocrystals. Individual dendritic mesocrystals reach sizes in one dimension larger than 20 μm. The preferred crystallographic orientation is similar in the primary and adjacent fibrous shell layers, even though these two layers show completely different crystal morphologies and grain boundary topologies. This observation indicates that two separate control mechanisms are active when the primary and the fibrous shell layers are formed. We propose a growth model for the interdigitated dendritic calcite grain structure based on a precursor of vesicles filled with amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC). © 2011 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.actbio.2011.01.035
  • 2011 • 36 Dislocation and twin substructure evolution during strain hardening of an Fe-22 wt.% Mn-0.6 wt.% C TWIP steel observed by electron channeling contrast imaging
    Gutierrez-Urrutia, I. and Raabe, D.
    Acta Materialia 59 6449-6462 (2011)
    We study the kinetics of the substructure evolution and its correspondence to the strain hardening evolution of an Fe-22 wt.% Mn-0.6 wt.% C TWIP steel during tensile deformation by means of electron channeling contrast imaging (ECCI) combined with electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). The contribution of twin and dislocation substructures to strain hardening is evaluated in terms of a dislocation mean free path approach involving several microstructure parameters, such as the characteristic average twin spacing and the dislocation substructure size. The analysis reveals that at the early stages of deformation (strain below 0.1 true strain) the dislocation substructure provides a high strain hardening rate with hardening coefficients of about G/40 (G is the shear modulus). At intermediate strains (below 0.3 true strain), the dislocation mean free path refinement due to deformation twinning results in a high strain rate with a hardening coefficient of about G/30. Finally, at high strains (above 0.4 true strain), the limited further refinement of the dislocation and twin substructures reduces the capability for trapping more dislocations inside the microstructure and, hence, the strain hardening decreases. Grains forming dislocation cells develop a self-organized and dynamically refined dislocation cell structure which follows the similitude principle but with a smaller similitude constant than that found in medium to high stacking fault energy alloys. We attribute this difference to the influence of the stacking fault energy on the mechanism of cell formation. © 2011 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.actamat.2011.07.009
  • 2011 • 35 Dislocation storage in single slip-oriented Cu micro-tensile samples: New insights via X-ray microdiffraction
    Kirchlechner, C. and Kiener, D. and Motz, C. and Labat, S. and Vaxelaire, N. and Perroud, O. and Micha, J.-S. and Ulrich, O. and Thomas, O. and Dehm, G. and Keckes, J.
    Philosophical Magazine 91 1256-1264 (2011)
    Synchrotron X-ray microdiffraction was used to characterize the deformation structure of single crystalline Cu micro-tensile specimens which were oriented for single slip. The 3-m thick samples were strained in situ in a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Electron microscopy observations revealed glide steps at the surface indicating single slip. While the slip steps at the surface must have formed by the predominant activation of the primary glide system, analysis of Laue peak streaking directions revealed that, even at low strains, dislocations had been activated and stored on an unpredicted slip system. Furthermore, the Laue scans showed that multiple slip takes over at a later state of deformation. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1080/14786431003785639
  • 2011 • 34 X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy on implanted argon as a tool to follow local structural changes in thin films
    Lahrood, A. R. and de los Arcos, T. and Prenzel, M. and von Keudell, A. and Winter, J.
    Thin Solid Films 520 1625--1630 (2011)
    Argon ions were implanted in metallic, semiconducting or insulating substrates, and investigated with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Analysis of the Ar2p core level of argon showed clear differences in binding energy position and width as function of the matrix material, implantation energy, and post-annealing treatment. Although argon is not expected to form chemical bonds with the host matrix, the electronic shells within the gas atom can react to their environment according to different effects. It is shown that the precise determination and correct interpretation of the binding energy levels of the embedded gas atoms provides information about the local environment of the matrix such as amorphization of the crystalline structure, defect healing or gas bubble formation. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.tsf.2011.07.040
  • 2011 • 33 Possibilities and limitations of different analytical methods for the size determination of a bimodal dispersion of metallic nanoparticles
    Mahl, D. and Diendorf, J. and Meyer-Zaika, W. and Epple, M.
    Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 377 386-392 (2011)
    Silver nanoparticles (about 70. nm) and gold nanoparticles (about 15. nm) were prepared and colloidally stabilized with poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP). The pure nanoparticles as well as a 1:1 mixture (w:w) were analysed with a variety of methods which probe the size distribution: Scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, analytical disc centrifugation, and Brownian motion analysis (nanoparticle tracking analysis). The differences between the methods are highlighted and their ability to distinguish between silver and gold nanoparticles in the mixture is demonstrated. The size distribution data from the different methods were clearly different, therefore it is recommended to apply more than one method to characterize the nanoparticle dispersion. In particular, the smaller particles were undetectable by dynamic light scattering and nanoparticle tracking analysis in the presence of the large particles. For the 1:1 mixture, only electron microscopy and analytical disc centrifugation were able to give quantitative data on the size distribution. On the other hand, it is not possible to make statements about an agglomeration in dispersion with electron microscopy because an agglomeration may also have occurred during the drying process. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2011.01.031
  • 2011 • 32 Transport spectroscopy of non-equilibrium many-particle spin states in self-assembled quantum dots
    Marquardt, B. and Geller, M. and Baxevanis, B. and Pfannkuche, D. and Wieck, A.D. and Reuter, D. and Lorke, A.
    Nature Communications 2 (2011)
    Self-assembled quantum dots (QDs) are prominent candidates for solid-state quantum information processing. For these systems, great progress has been made in addressing spin states by optical means. In this study, we introduce an all-electrical measurement technique to prepare and detect non-equilibrium many-particle spin states in an ensemble of self-assembled QDs at liquid helium temperature. The excitation spectra of the one- (QD hydrogen), two- (QD helium) and three- (QD lithium) electron configuration are shown and compared with calculations using the exact diagonalization method. An exchange splitting of 10 meV between the excited triplet and singlet spin states is observed in the QD helium spectrum. These experiments are a starting point for an all-electrical control of electron spin states in self-assembled QDs above liquid helium temperature. © 2011 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1038/ncomms1205
  • 2011 • 31 Ultrafast dynamics at the Na/D2O/Cu(111) interface: Electron solvation in Ice layers and Na+-mediated surface solvation
    Meyer, M. and Bertin, M. and Bovensiepen, U. and Wegkamp, D. and Krenz, M. and Wolf, M.
    Journal of Physical Chemistry C 115 204-209 (2011)
    We have studied the influence of sodium ions bound near the ice/vacuum interface on the electron solvation dynamics in amorphous D2O ice layers by means of femtosecond time-resolved two-photon photoelectron spectroscopy. Adsorption of submonolayer coverages of sodium on top of multilayers of amorphous ice leads to the formation of Na+ ions and to pronounced changes in the observed ultrafast dynamics compared to pure amorphous ice. We identify a Na+-induced species of excess electrons which exhibits a much longer lifetime compared to excess electrons in pure D2O ice and approximate the decay of the Na-induced contribution by two decay times τ2 = 880 fs and τ3 = 9.6 ps. In addition, a faster energetic stabilization of the excited electrons with a rate of σ = 0.73 eV/ps is observed. The population of these electrons depends nonlinearly on the sodium coverage. We attribute the Na-induced contribution to a transient electron/ion/water complex which is located at the ice/vacuum interface. This interpretation is corroborated by coverage-dependent measurements and by overlayer experiments. © 2010 American Chemical Society.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1021/jp107253g
  • 2011 • 30 Driving force of ultrafast magnetization dynamics
    Mueller, B.Y. and Roth, T. and Cinchetti, M. and Aeschlimann, M. and Rethfeld, B.
    13 (2011)
    Irradiating a ferromagnetic material with an ultrashort laser pulse leads to demagnetization on the femtosecond timescale. We implement Elliott-Yafet-type spin-flip scattering, mediated by electron-electron and electron-phonon collisions, in the framework of a spin-resolved Boltzmann equation. Considering three mutually coupled reservoirs, (i) spin-up electrons, (ii) spin-down electrons and (iii) phonons, we trace non-equilibrium electron distributions during and after laser excitation. We identified the driving force for ultrafast magnetization dynamics as the equilibration of temperatures and chemical potentials between electronic subsystems. This principle can be used to easily predict the maximum quenching of magnetization upon ultrashort laser irradiation in any material, as we show for the case of 3d-ferromagnetic nickel. © IOP Publishing Ltd and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/1367-2630/13/12/123010
  • 2011 • 29 Scanning transmission electron microscope observations of defects in as-grown and pre-strained Mo alloy fibers
    Phani, P.S. and Johanns, K.E. and Duscher, G. and Gali, A. and George, E.P. and Pharr, G.M.
    Acta Materialia 59 2172-2179 (2011)
    Compression testing of micro-pillars has recently been of great interest to the small-scale mechanics community. Previous compression tests on single crystal Mo alloy micro-pillars produced by directional solidification of eutectic alloys showed that as-grown pillars yield at strengths close to the theoretical strength while pre-strained pillars yield at considerably lower stresses. In addition, the flow behavior changes from stochastic to deterministic with increasing pre-strain. In order to gain a microstructural insight into this behavior, an aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscope was used to study the defect structures in as-grown and pre-strained single crystal Mo alloy fibers. The as-grown fibers were found to be defect free over large lengths while the highly pre-strained (16%) fibers had high defect densities that were uniform throughout. Interestingly, the fibers with intermediate pre-strain (4%) exhibited an inhomogeneous defect distribution. The observed defect structures and their distributions are correlated with the previously reported stress-strain behavior. Some of the mechanistic interpretations of Bei et al. are examined in the light of new microstructural observations. © 2010 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.actamat.2010.12.018
  • 2011 • 28 Space-resolved characterization of high frequency atmospheric-pressure plasma in nitrogen, applying optical emission spectroscopy and numerical simulation
    Rajasekaran, P. and Ruhrmann, C. and Bibinov, N. and Awakowicz, P.
    Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 44 (2011)
    Averaged plasma parameters such as electron distribution function and electron density are determined by characterization of high frequency (2.4GHz) nitrogen plasma using both experimental methods, namely optical emission spectroscopy (OES) and microphotography, and numerical simulation. Both direct and step-wise electron-impact excitation of nitrogen emissions are considered. The determination of space-resolved electron distribution function, electron density, rate constant for electron-impact dissociation of nitrogen molecule and the production of nitrogen atoms, applying the same methods, is discussed. Spatial distribution of intensities of neutral nitrogen molecule and nitrogen molecular ion from the microplasma is imaged by a CCD camera. The CCD images are calibrated using the corresponding emissions measured by absolutely calibrated OES, and are then subjected to inverse Abel transformation to determine space-resolved intensities and other parameters. The space-resolved parameters are compared, respectively, with the averaged parameters, and an agreement between them is established. © 2011 IOP Publishing Ltd.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/0022-3727/44/48/485205
  • 2011 • 27 Characterization of dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) on mouse and histological evaluation of the plasma-treated tissue
    Rajasekaran, P. and Opländer, C. and Hoffmeister, D. and Bibinov, N. and Suschek, C.V. and Wandke, D. and Awakowicz, P.
    Plasma Processes and Polymers 8 246-255 (2011)
    Atmospheric-pressure dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) in air is investigated for medical applications, especially for skin treatment. When the DBD was tested on mouse skin, a homogeneous discharge accompanied by filamentary microdischarges is observed. For characterization of the homogeneous discharge, averaged plasma parameters (namely electron density and electron velocity distribution function) and gas temperature are determined by optical emission spectroscopy, microphotography and numerical simulation. Chemical kinetics in the active plasma volume and in the afterglow is simulated. Fluxes of biologically useful molecules like nitric oxide (NO) and ozone reaching the treated surface and irradiation by UV photons are determined. Skin biopsy results show that DBD treatment causes no inflammation and no changes in the skin-collagen. © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1002/ppap.201000122
  • 2011 • 26 Deformation mechanisms in micron-sized PST TiAl compression samples: Experiment and model
    Rester, M. and Fischer, F.D. and Kirchlechner, C. and Schmoelzer, T. and Clemens, H. and Dehm, G.
    Acta Materialia 59 3410-3421 (2011)
    Titanium aluminides are the most promising intermetallics for use in aerospace and automotive applications. Consequently, it is of fundamental interest to explore the deformation mechanisms occurring in this class of materials. One model material which is extensively used for such studies are polysynthetically twinned (PST) TiAl crystals, which consist predominantly of parallel γ-TiAl and, fewer, α2-Ti3Al lamellae. In the present study, PST TiAl crystals with a nominal composition of Ti-50 at.% Al were machined by means of the focused ion beam (FIB) technique into miniaturized compression samples with a square cross-section of approximately 9 μm × 9 μm. Compression tests on the miniaturized samples were performed in situ inside a scanning electron microscope using a microindenter equipped with a diamond flat punch. After deformation, thin foils were cut from the micro-compression samples and thinned to electron transparency using a FIB machine in order to study the deformation structure by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The TEM studies reveal mechanical twinning as the main deformation mechanism at strains of 5.4%, while at strains of 8.3% dislocation glide becomes increasingly important. The experimentally observed twins scale in size with the width of the γ-TiAl lamella. A kinematic and thermodynamic model is developed to describe the twin-related length change of the micro-compression sample at small strains as well as the relationship of an increase of twin width with increasing γ-TiAl lamella thickness. The developed twin model predicts a width of the twins in the range of a few nanometers, which is in agreement with experimental findings. © 2011 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.actamat.2011.02.016
  • 2011 • 25 Influence of channel width on the performance of an injection-type ballistic rectifier: Carrier injection versus hot-electron thermopower
    Salloch, D. and Wieser, U. and Kunze, U. and Hackbarth, T.
    Microelectronic Engineering 88 2386-2389 (2011)
    Injection-type ballistic rectification is achieved in an asymmetric Si/SiGe cross junction made from narrow channels, where the injectors are inclined with respect to the straight voltage stem. In this geometry an inertial-ballistic signal establishes due to the momentum direction of the injected electrons towards the lower part of the central voltage stem. Additionally, a diffusion hot-electron thermopower signal is superimposed which arises from an electron temperature gradient over a gate-confined region of the stem channel. We investigate the influence of the stem width on the rectifier performance. The inertial-ballistic signal disappears at a stem width larger than the 2D electron mean free path in contrast to the diffusion thermopower, which is independent of the stem width. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.mee.2011.02.079
  • 2011 • 24 Electronic excitations induced by hydrogen surface chemical reactions on gold
    Schindler, B. and Diesing, D. and Hasselbrink, E.
    Journal of Chemical Physics 134 (2011)
    Associated with chemical reactions at surfaces energy may be dissipated exciting surface electronic degrees of freedom. These excitations are detected using metal-insulator-metal (MIM) heterostructures (Ta-TaOx-Au) and the reactions of H with and on a Au surface are probed. A current corresponding to 510-5 electrons per adsorbing H atom and a marked isotope effect are observed under steady-state conditions. Analysis of the current trace when the H atom flux is intermitted suggests that predominantly the recombination reaction creates electronic excitations. Biasing the front versus the back electrode of the MIM structure provides insights into the spectrum of electronic excitations. The observed spectra differ for the two isotopes H and D and are asymmetric when comparing negative and positive bias voltages. Modeling indicates that the excited electrons and the concurrently created holes differ in their energy distributions. © 2011 American Institute of Physics.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1063/1.3523647
  • 2011 • 23 Hierarchical microstructure of explosive joints: Example of titanium to steel cladding
    Song, J. and Kostka, A. and Veehmayer, M. and Raabe, D.
    Materials Science and Engineering A 528 2641-2647 (2011)
    The microstructure of explosive cladding joints formed among parallel Ti and steel plates was examined by electron microscopy. The bonding interface and the bulk materials around it form pronounced hierarchical microstructures. This hierarchy is characterized by the following features: at the mesoscopic scale of the hierarchy a wavy course of the interface characterizes the interface zone. This microstructure level is formed by heavy plastic shear waves (wavelength≈0.5mm) which expand within the two metal plates during the explosion parallel to the bonding interface. At the micro-scale range, intermetallic inclusions (size≈100-200μm) are formed just behind the wave crests on the steel side as a result of partial melting. Electron diffraction revealed FeTi and metastable Fe9.64Ti0.36. Most of the observed phases do not appear in the equilibrium Fe-Ti phase diagram. These intermetallic inclusions are often accompanied by micro-cracks of similar dimension. At the smallest hierarchy level we observe a reaction layer of about 100-300nm thickness consisting of nano-sized grains formed along the entire bonding interface. Within that complex hierarchical micro- and nanostructure, the mesoscopic regime, more precisely the type and brittleness of the intermetallic zones, seems to play the dominant role for the mechanical behavior of the entire compound. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.msea.2010.11.092
  • 2011 • 22 Solvation dynamics of surface-trapped electrons at NH3 and D2O crystallites adsorbed on metals: from femtosecond to minute timescales
    Stähler, J. and Meyer, M. and Bovensiepen, U. and Wolf, M.
    Chemical Science 2 907-916 (2011)
    The creation and stabilization of localized, low-energy electrons is investigated in polar molecular environments. We create such excess electrons in excited states in ice and ammonia crystallites adsorbed on metal surfaces and observe their relaxation in real time using time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy. The observed dynamics proceed up to minute timescales and are therefore slowed down considerably compared to ultrafast excited state relaxation in front of metal surfaces, which proceeds typically on femto- or picosecond time scales. It is the highly efficient wave function constriction of the electrons from the metal that ultimately enables the investigation of the relaxation dynamics over a large range of timescales (up to 17 orders of magnitude). Therefore, it gives novel insight into the solvated electron ground state formation at interfaces. As these long-lived electrons are observed for both, D2O and NH3 crystallites, they appear to be of general character for polar molecule-metal interfaces. Their time- and temperature-dependent relaxation is analyzed for both, crystalline ice and ammonia, and compared using an empirical model that yields insight into the fundamental solvation processes of the respective solvent. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2011.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1039/c0sc00644k
  • 2011 • 21 Nanoscale photoelectron ionisation detector based on lanthanum hexaboride
    Zimmer, C.M. and Schubert, J. and Hamann, S. and Kunze, U. and Doll, T.
    Physica Status Solidi (A) Applications and Materials Science 208 1241-1245 (2011)
    A nanoscale ioniser is presented exceeding the limitation of conventional photoionisation detectors. It employs accelerated photoelectrons that allow obtaining molecule specificity by the tuning of ionisation energies. The material lanthanum hexaboride (LaB 6) is used as air stable photo cathode. Thin films of that material deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) show quantum efficiency (QE) in the range of 10 -5 which is comparable to laser photo stimulation results. A careful treatment of the material yields reasonable low work functions even after surface reoxidation which opens up the possibility of using ultraviolet light emitting diodes (UV LEDs) in replacement of discharge lamps. Schematic diagram of a photoelectron ionisation detector (PeID) operating by an electron emitter based on the photoelectric effect of lanthanum hexaboride. © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1002/pssa.201000966
  • 2010 • 20 Dissolution kinetics of Si into Ge (111) substrate on the nanoscale
    Balogh, Z. and Erdélyi, Z. and Beke, D.L. and Wiedwald, U. and Pfeiffer, H. and Tschetschetkin, A. and Ziemann, P.
    Thin Solid Films 519 952-955 (2010)
    In this paper we present experiments and simulations on the dissolution of Si into single crystalline Ge(111) substrates. The interface shift during the dissolution was tracked by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy. It was obtained that the interface remained sharp and shifted according to anomalous kinetics similarly to our previous measurement in the Si/amorphous-Ge system. The interface shift, x, can be described by a power function of time x ∞ t kc with a kinetic exponent, kc, of 0.85 ± 0.1, larger than the one measured for the amorphous system (0.7 ± 0.1). Both exponents, however, are different from the kc = 0.5 Fickian (parabolic) value and it is interpreted as a nanoscale diffusional anomaly caused by the strong composition dependence of the diffusion coefficients. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.tsf.2010.08.146
  • 2010 • 19 Aharonov-Bohm oscillation phase shift in a multi-terminal asymmetric quantum ring
    Buchholz, S.S. and Fischer, S.F. and Kunze, U. and Reuter, D. and Wieck, A.D.
    Physica E: Low-Dimensional Systems and Nanostructures 42 1099-1102 (2010)
    We investigate coherent electron transport in a four-terminal asymmetric waveguide quantum ring with the focus on a controllable electrostatic Aharonov-Bohm (AB) oscillation phase shift. In the AlGaAs/GaAs device, electron wave interference has been detected in all possible four-terminal measurement configuration at a temperature as high as T = 1.5 K. We present a series of AB measurements in small magnetic fields for successive global gate voltages, which strongly suggest an electrostatic AB phase shift. Such a phase shift can be explained by the asymmetry of the ring and indicates that the design and positioning of voltage and current probes to the ring have a significant influence. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.physe.2009.11.123
  • 2010 • 18 Long room-temperature electron spin lifetimes in highly doped cubic GaN
    Buß, J.H. and Rudolph, J. and Schupp, T. and As, D.J. and Lischka, K. and Hägele, D.
    Applied Physics Letters 97 (2010)
    We report on very long electron spin relaxation times in highly n -doped bulk zincblende GaN exceeding 500 ps up to room-temperature. Time-resolved Kerr-rotation measurements show an almost temperature independent spin relaxation time between 80 and 295 K confirming an early prediction of Dyakonov and Perel for a degenerate electron gas. © 2010 American Institute of Physics.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1063/1.3478838
  • 2010 • 17 Focused ion beam/scanning electron microscopy tomography and conventional transmission electron microscopy assessment of Ni4Ti3 morphology in compression-aged Ni-rich Ni-Ti single crystals
    Cao, S. and Somsen, C. and Croitoru, M. and Schryvers, D. and Eggeler, G.
    Scripta Materialia 62 399-402 (2010)
    The size, morphology and configuration of Ni4Ti3 precipitates in a single-crystal Ni-Ti alloy have been investigated by two-dimensional transmission electron microscopy-based image analysis and three-dimensional reconstruction from slice-and-view images obtained in a focused ion beam/scanning electron microscopy (FIB/SEM) dual-beam system. Average distances between the precipitates measured along the compression direction correlate well between both techniques, while particle shape and configuration data is best obtained from FIB/SEM. Precipitates form pockets of B2 of 0.54 μm in the compression direction and 1 μm perpendicular to the compression direction. © 2009 Acta Materialia Inc.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.scriptamat.2009.11.040
  • 2010 • 16 On the characterization of recrystallized fraction using electron backscatter diffraction: A direct comparison to local hardness in an IF steel using nanoindentation
    Dziaszyk, S. and Payton, E.J. and Friedel, F. and Marx, V. and Eggeler, G.
    Materials Science and Engineering A 527 7854-7864 (2010)
    Recrystallized fraction was characterized in a Ti-stabilized interstitial-free (IF) steel by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), optical metallography, and hardness-based techniques. EBSD and nanoindentation were performed on overlapping areas to assess the agreement between standard methods of EBSD analysis of deformation microstructures and local hardness. The results of the study indicate that carefully implemented misorientation-based techniques may be used to effectively determine recrystallization fraction, to better agreement with the local recrystallization state than EBSD image quality, optical metallography, or microhardness-based techniques. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.msea.2010.08.063
  • 2010 • 15 A voltage-tunable in-plane diode in a two-dimensional-electron system
    Ganczarczyk, A. and Voßen, S. and Geller, M. and Lorke, A. and Reuter, D. and Wieck, A.D.
    Physica E: Low-Dimensional Systems and Nanostructures 42 1216-1219 (2010)
    We present a voltage-tunable in-plane diode in a nanoscale, two-dimensional electron system, whose functionality is mainly determined by the sample geometry. The diode consists of a narrow semiconductor channel, confined by etched insulating trenches. An applied voltage along the channel modulates the effective width of the conducting channel, depending on the sign of the applied voltage. This behavior results in a diode-like IV -characteristic. The tunability of the device is achieved by two in-plane side gates, which are able to widely tune the I (V) -characteristic of this rectifier. In the normally-off regime, this tunable in-plane diode works as a half-wave rectifier with sharply defined turn-on voltage. The value of the turn-on voltage depends on the side-gate voltage. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.physe.2009.10.018
  • 2010 • 14 A two-dimensional electron gas as a sensitive detector for time-resolved tunneling measurements on self-assembled quantum dots
    Geller, M. and Marquardt, B. and Lorke, A. and Reuter, D. and Wieck, A.D.
    Nanoscale Research Letters 5 829-833 (2010)
    A two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) situated nearby a single layer of self-assembled quantum dots (QDs) in an inverted high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) structure is used as a detector for time-resolved tunneling measurements. We demonstrate a strong influence of charged QDs on the conductance of the 2DEG which allows us to probe the tunneling dynamics between the 2DEG and the QDs time resolved. Measurements of hysteresis curves with different sweep times and real-time conductance measurements in combination with an boxcar-like evaluation method enables us to unambiguously identify the transients as tunneling events between the s- and p-electron QD states and the 2DEG and rule out defect-related transients. © 2010 The Author(s).
    view abstractdoi: 10.1007/s11671-010-9569-2
  • 2010 • 13 Intramolecular electronic interactions between nonconjugated arene and quinone chromophores
    Jansen, G. and Kahlert, B. and Klärner, F.-G. and Boese, R. and Bläser, D.
    Journal of the American Chemical Society 132 8581-8592 (2010)
    The novel surprisingly colorful dark blue and orange-red molecular clips 1 and 2 containing a central p-benzoquinone spacer-unit and anthracene or napththalene sidewalls were synthesized by DDQ oxidation of the corresponding colorless hydroquinone clips 7 and 8. The colors of the quinone clips result from broad absorption bands in the visible range (1, λ<inf>max</inf> = 537 nm and 2, λ<inf>max</inf> = 423 and λ<inf>shoulder</inf> =515 nm) showing bathochromic shifts of 112 and 90 nm, respectively, compared to the similarly tetraalkyl-substituted duroquinone 31, even though the clips 1 and 2 only contain insulated π systems as chromophores, a central tetraalkyl-substituted p-benzoquinone spacer-unit and two anthracene or two naphthalene sidewalls. To elucidate the electronic properties of these clips, we prepared the compound 3, the anti-configured isomer of clip 2, and the benzene-, naphthalene-, and anthracene-substituted quinones 4, 5, and 6, the so-called "half-clips". The "half-clips" 6 and 5 show a similar color change and the same trend in the UV/vis absorption spectra as the anthracene and naphthalene clip 1 and 2. This finding already rules out that the color of these systems is a result of "through-space" π-π interactions between the aromatic sidewalls in the molecular clips 1 and 2. Quantum chemical ab initio calculations provide good evidence that the bathochromic shift of the absorption band at the longest wavelength observed in the UV/vis spectra of the clip quinones 2, 3, and 1 and the "half- clip" quinones 4, 5, and 6 with an increasing number of rings in the anellated aromatic unit (from benzene to anthracene) is the result of an increasing configuration interaction between a n → π* excitation of the quinoid component and a π → π* excitation with intramolecular charge transfer (CT) character. The initial π orbitals involved here and in higher lying transitions mainly stem from through-space interactions between π orbitals of the aromatic sidewalls and π orbitals of the quinone moiety with varying degree of mixing. The configuration interaction in the excited states can be considered to be a homoconjugation, that is, the relevant charge transfer states are formed across an allegedly insulating aliphatic bridge. The UV/vis spectra of the molecular clips 1-3, the "half-clips" 4-6, and the quinones 32 and 33 simulated by means of quantum chemical ab initio calculations agree well with the experimental spectra. © 2010 American Chemical Society.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1021/ja910362j
  • 2010 • 12 Non-thermal atmospheric pressure HF plasma source: Generation of nitric oxide and ozone for bio-medical applications
    Kühn, S. and Bibinov, N. and Gesche, R. and Awakowicz, P.
    Plasma Sources Science and Technology 19 (2010)
    A new miniature high-frequency (HF) plasma source intended for bio-medical applications is studied using nitrogen/oxygen mixture at atmospheric pressure. This plasma source can be used as an element of a plasma source array for applications in dermatology and surgery. Nitric oxide and ozone which are produced in this plasma source are well-known agents for proliferation of the cells, inhalation therapy for newborn infants, disinfection of wounds and blood ozonation. Using optical emission spectroscopy, microphotography and numerical simulation, the gas temperature in the active plasma region and plasma parameters (electron density and electron distribution function) are determined for varied nitrogen/oxygen flows. The influence of the gas flows on the plasma conditions is studied. Ozone and nitric oxide concentrations in the effluent of the plasma source are measured using absorption spectroscopy and electro-chemical NO-detector at variable gas flows. Correlations between plasma parameters and concentrations of the particles in the effluent of the plasma source are discussed. By varying the gas flows, the HF plasma source can be optimized for nitric oxide or ozone production. Maximum concentrations of 2750 ppm and 400 ppm of NO and O3, correspondingly, are generated. © 2010 IOP Publishing Ltd.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/0963-0252/19/1/015013
  • 2010 • 11 A 2D electron gas for studies on tunneling dynamics and charge storage in self-assembled quantum dots
    Marquardt, B. and Moujib, H. and Lorke, A. and Reuter, D. and Wieck, A.D. and Geller, M.
    Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering 36 LNICST 180-188 (2010)
    The carrier tunneling dynamics of self-assembled InAs quantum dots (QD) is studied using time-resolved conductance measurements of a nearby two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG). The coupling strength (tunneling time) between the QDs and the 2DEG is adjusted by different thicknesses of the spacer layers. We demonstrate a strong influence of charged QDs on the conductance on the 2DEG, even for very weak coupling, where standard C-V spectroscopy is unsuitable to investigate the electronic structure of these QDs. © Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering 2010.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1007/978-3-642-11731-2_22
  • 2010 • 10 A two-dimensional electron gas as a sensitive detector to observe the charge carrier dynamics of self-assembled QDs
    Marquardt, B. and Geller, M. and Lorke, A. and Reuter, D. and Wieck, A.D.
    Physica E: Low-Dimensional Systems and Nanostructures 42 2598-2601 (2010)
    The carrier tunneling dynamics of self-assembled InAs quantum dots (QD) is studied using a time-resolved conductance measurement of a nearby two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG). The investigated heterostructures consist of a layer of QDs with different coupling strengths to a 2DEG, adjusted by different thicknesses of the spacer layers. We demonstrate a strong influence of charged QDs on the conductance of the 2DEG, even for very weak coupling between the QD layer and the 2D system, where standard capacitance (C)voltage (V) spectroscopy is unsuitable to investigate the electronic structure of these QDs. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.physe.2010.02.010
  • 2010 • 9 Energy dissipation in insulators induced by swift heavy ions: A parameter study
    Osmani, O. and Lebius, H. and Rethfeld, B. and Schleberger, M.
    Laser and Particle Beams 28 229-234 (2010)
    The irradiation of solids with high energy laser or particle beams has led to a deeper understanding of the relaxation processes inside the target material. However, a lot of open questions remain. In the present paper, we will examine the irradiation of the model system Xe23+ @ 93 MeV → SrTiO3 within the framework of the two-temperature-model and study the electron-phonon-coupling g and the electron diffusivity De as well as the lattice diffusivity Dp. These are crucial parameters for which no experimental data is available. Experimentally, g is very difficult to measure and therefore theoretical predictions are of great importance. With the approach presented here it is possible to determine the coupling-constant by one order of magnitude. © 2010 Cambridge University Press.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1017/S0263034609990632
  • 2010 • 8 A hemispherical photoelectron spectrometer with 2-dimensional delay-line detector and integrated spin-polarization analysis
    Plucinski, L. and Oelsner, A. and Matthes, F. and Schneider, C.M.
    Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena 181 215-219 (2010)
    Photoelectron spectrometers usually allow detection of either spin-resolved energy-distribution curves (EDCs) at single emission angle, or 2D angle-vs.-energy images without spin-resolution. We have combined the two detection schemes into one spectrometer system which permits simultaneous detection of a 1D spin-resolved EDC and a 2D angular map. A state-of-the-art hemispherical analyzer is used as an energy filter. Its original scintillator detector has been replaced by a delay-line-detector (DLD), and part of the electron beam is allowed to pass through to reach the spin-polarized low energy electron diffraction (SPLEED) spin-detector mounted subsequently. The electron-optics between DLD and SPLEED contains a 90° deflector to feature simultaneous detection of in-plane and out-of-plane spin components. These electron-optics have been optimized for high transmission to reduce acquisition times in the spin-resolved mode. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.elspec.2010.05.005
  • 2010 • 7 Optical probing of spin dynamics of two-dimensional and bulk electrons in a GaAs/AlGaAs heterojunction system
    Rizo, P.J. and Pugzlys, A. and Slachter, A. and Denega, S.Z. and Reuter, D. and Wieck, A.D. and Van Loosdrecht, P.H.M. and Van Der Wal, C.H.
    New Journal of Physics 12 (2010)
    The electron spin dynamics in a GaAs/AlGaAs heterojunction system containing a high-mobility two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) have been studied in this paper by using pump-probe time-resolved Kerr rotation experiments. Owing to the complex layer structure of this material, the transient Kerr response contains information about electron spins in the 2DEG, an epilayer and the substrate. We analyzed the physics that underlies this Kerr response, and established the conditions under which it is possible to unravel the signatures of the various photo-induced spin populations. This was used to explore how the electron spin dynamics of the various populations depend on the temperature, magnetic field and pump-photon density. The results show that the D'Yakonov-Perel' mechanism for spin dephasing (by spin-orbit fields) plays a prominent role in both the 2DEG and bulk populations over a wide range of temperatures and magnetic fields. Our results are of importance for future studies on the 2DEG in this type of heterojunction system, which offers interesting possibilities for spin manipulation and control of spin relaxation via tunable spin-orbit effects. © IOP Publishing Ltd and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/1367-2630/12/11/113040
  • 2010 • 6 Field effects on SnOx and SnO2 nanoparticles synthesized in the gas phase
    Roy Chowdhury, D. and Ivaturi, A. and Nedic, A. and Einar Kruis, F. and Schmechel, R.
    Physica E: Low-Dimensional Systems and Nanostructures 42 2471-2476 (2010)
    The present study reports for the first time the influence of stoichiometry of SnO2 nanoparticles synthesized in the gas phase at atmospheric pressure towards the field effect behaviour. The field effect was measured by using the nanoparticles as active material in a transistor channel. The transistors fabricated from the stoichiometric SnO2 nanoparticles (∼20 nm) obtained by post-deposition low-temperature (300 °C) oxidation of the SnO nanoparticles clearly demonstrate n-type behaviour in contrast to the high electrical conductance exhibited by the non-stoichiometric SnOx nanoparticles obtained by high temperature (650 °C) in-flight oxidation. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) studies confirm the stoichiometry of the in-flight as well as the post-oxidized nanoparticles.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.physe.2010.06.005
  • 2010 • 5 Annealing behavior of ferritic-martensitic 9%Cr-ODS-Eurofer steel
    Sandim, H.R.Z. and Renzetti, R.A. and Padilha, A.F. and Raabe, D. and Klimenkov, M. and Lindau, R. and Möslang, A.
    Materials Science and Engineering A 527 3602-3608 (2010)
    Oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic-martensitic steels are potential candidates for applications in future fusion power plants. High creep resistance, good oxidation resistance, reduced neutron activation and microstructural long-term stability at temperatures of about 650-700°C are required in this context. In order to evaluate its thermal stability in the ferritic phase field, samples of the reduced activation ferritic-martensitic 9%Cr-ODS-Eurofer steel were cold rolled to 50% and 80% reductions and further annealed in vacuum from 300 to 800°C for 1h. The characterization in the annealed state was performed by scanning electron microscopy in the backscattered electron mode, high-resolution electron backscatter diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Results show that the fine dispersion of Y-based particles (about 10nm in size) is effective to prevent recrystallization. The low recrystallized volume fraction (< 0.1) is associated to the nuclei found at prior grain boundaries and around large M23C6 particles. Static recovery was found to be the predominant softening mechanism of this steel in the investigated temperature range. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1016/j.msea.2010.02.051
  • 2010 • 4 Anisotropy of Ag diffusion on vicinal Si surfaces
    Sindermann, S. and Wall, D. and Roos, K.R. and Horn-Von Hoegen, M. and Meyer zu Heringdorf, F.-J.
    e-Journal of Surface Science and Nanotechnology 8 372-376 (2010)
    Photoemission electron microscopy (PEEM) is used to study Ag surface diffusion on vicinal Si surfaces. The diffusion field is represented by Iso-Coverage Zones around Ag islands during desorption. By analyzing the shape and radius of the Iso-Coverage Zone we can determine diffusion parameters. For anisotropic diffusion the zone has an elliptical shape and the aspect ratio gives a measure for the anisotropy. Using this technique, we study the degree of anisotropy of Ag diffusion on vicinal Si(001) and Si(111). With increasing miscut angles, starting from Si(001) as well as from Si(111), we find a gradually increasing anisotropy, caused by the higher step density. On higher index surfaces, like Si(119), Si(115) and Si(113), we find isotropic diffusion for surfaces with comparable dimer and (double) step structure as on Si(001)-4°, where diffusion is strongly anisotropic. © 2010 The Surface Science Society of Japan.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1380/ejssnt.2010.372
  • 2010 • 3 Dissociation of oxygen on Ag(100) induced by inelastic electron tunneling
    Sprodowski, C. and Mehlhorn, M. and Morgenstern, K.
    Journal of Physics Condensed Matter 22 (2010)
    Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) is used to study the dissociation of molecular oxygen on Ag(100) induced by inelastic electron tunneling (IET) at 5 K. This dissociation is possible above 3.3 V with a yield of (3.63 ± 0.47) × 10-9 per electron. Dissociation leads to three different types of hot atom motion: lateral motion, a cannon ball mechanism, and abstractive dissociation. Analysis of the I -t characteristics during dissociation suggests that the dissociation is proceeded by an adsorption site change. © 2010 IOP Publishing Ltd.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/0953-8984/22/26/264005
  • 2010 • 2 High resolution, low hν photoelectron spectroscopy with the use of a microwave excited rare gas lamp and ionic crystal filters
    Suga, S. and Sekiyama, A. and Funabashi, G. and Yamaguchi, J. and Kimura, M. and Tsujibayashi, M. and Uyama, T. and Sugiyama, H. and Tomida, Y. and Kuwahara, G. and Kitayama, S. and Fukushima, K. and Kimura, K. and Yokoi, T. and M...
    Review of Scientific Instruments 81 (2010)
    The need for not only bulk sensitive but also extremely high resolution photoelectron spectroscopy for studying detailed electronic structures of strongly correlated electron systems is growing rapidly. Moreover, easy access to such a capability in one's own laboratory is desirable. Demonstrated here is the performance of a microwave excited rare gas (Xe, Kr, and Ar) lamp combined with ionic crystal filters (sapphire, CaF2, and LiF), which can supply three strong lines near the photon energy of hnyu hν=8.4, 10.0, and 11.6 eV, with the hν resolution of better than 600 μeV for photoelectron spectroscopy. Its performance is demonstrated on some materials by means of both angle-integrated and angle-resolved measurements. © 2010 American Institute of Physics.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1063/1.3488367
  • 2010 • 1 The influence of the relative phase between the driving voltages on electron heating in asymmetric dual frequency capacitive discharges
    Ziegler, D. and Trieschmann, J. and Mussenbrock, T. and Brinkmann, R.P. and Schulze, J. and Czarnetzki, U. and Semmler, E. and Awakowicz, P. and O'Connell, D. and Gans, T.
    Plasma Sources Science and Technology 19 (2010)
    The influence of the relative phase between the driving voltages on electron heating in asymmetric phase-locked dual frequency capacitively coupled radio frequency plasmas operated at 2 and 14 MHz is investigated. The basis of the analysis is a nonlinear global model with the option to implement a relative phase between the two driving voltages. In recent publications it has been reported that nonlinear electron resonance heating can drastically enhance the power dissipation to electrons at moments of sheath collapse due to the self-excitation of nonlinear plasma series resonance (PSR) oscillations of the radio frequency current. This work shows that depending on the relative phase of the driving voltages, the total number and exact moments of sheath collapse can be influenced. In the case of two consecutive sheath collapses a substantial increase in dissipated power compared with the known increase due to a single PSR excitation event per period is observed. Phase resolved optical emission spectroscopy (PROES) provides access to the excitation dynamics in front of the driven electrode. Via PROES the propagation of beam-like energetic electrons immediately after the sheath collapse is observed. In this work we demonstrate that there is a close relation between moments of sheath collapse, and thus excitation of the PSR, and beam-like electron propagation. A comparison of simulation results to experiments in a single and dual frequency discharge shows good agreement. In particular the observed influence of the relative phase on the dynamics of a dual frequency discharge is described by means of the presented model. Additionally, the analysis demonstrates that the observed gain in dissipation is not accompanied by an increase in the electrode's dc-bias voltage which directly addresses the issue of separate control of ion flux and ion energy in dual frequency capacitively coupled radio frequency plasmas. © 2010 IOP Publishing Ltd.
    view abstractdoi: 10.1088/0963-0252/19/4/045001