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Experimental and theoretical studies on oxidation of Cu-Au alloy surfaces; Effect of bulk Au concentration

Okada, Michio*; Tsuda, Yasutaka*; Oka, Kohei*; Kojima, Kazuki*; Di$~n$o, W. A.*; Yoshigoe, Akitaka ; Kasai, Hideaki*

We report results of our experimental and theoretical studies on the oxidation of Cu-Au alloy surfaces, viz., Cu$$_{3}$$Au(111), CuAu(111), and Au$$_{3}$$Cu(111), using hyperthermal O$$_{2}$$ molecular beam (HOMB). We observed strong Au segregation to the top layer of the corresponding clean (111) surfaces. This forms a protective layer that hinders further oxidation into the bulk. The higher the concentration of Au in the protective layer formed, the higher the protective efficacy. As a result, of the three Cu-Au surfaces studied, Au$$_{3}$$Cu(111) is the most stable against dissociative adsorption of O$$_{2}$$, even with HOMB. We also found that this protective property breaks down for oxidations occurring at temperatures above 300 K.



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