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The Effects of alloying and segregation for the reactivity and diffusion of oxygen on Cu$$_{3}$$Au(111)

Oka, Kohei*; Tsuda, Yasutaka*; Makino, Takamasa*; Okada, Michio*; Hashinokuchi, Michihiro*; Yoshigoe, Akitaka ; Teraoka, Yuden; Kasai, Hideaki*

Oxidation of Cu$$_{3}$$Au(111) by a hyperthermal O$$_{2}$$ molecular beam was investigated by synchrotron X-ray photoemission spectroscopy. From the incident-energy dependence of O-uptake curve, dissociative adsorption of O$$_{2}$$ is less effective on Cu$$_{3}$$Au(111) than on Cu(111). The dissociative adsorption is accompanied by the Cu segregation on Cu$$_{3}$$Au(111) as well on Cu$$_{3}$$Au(100) and Cu$$_{3}$$Au(110). Obvious growth of Cu$$_{2}$$O cannot be observed at incident energy of 2.3 eV and it suggests that Au-rich layers prevent the diffusion of O atoms into bulk. Density functional theory calculations indicate that O adsorption shows same behavior on Cu$$_{3}$$Au(111) and on Cu(111). The barrier of diffusion into subsurface in segregated Cu$$_{3}$$Au(111) is higher than that of Cu(111). It indicates that segregated Au-rich layer works as a protective layer.

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