Noakes, T C Q, Bailey, Paul, Draxler, M, McConville, C F, Ross, A R, Lograsso, T A, Leung, L, Smerdon, J A and McGrath, R (2006) Film growth arising from the deposition of Au onto an i-Al–Pd–Mn quasicrystal: a medium energy ion scattering study. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 18 (22). pp. 5017-5027. ISSN 0953-8984

The room temperature deposition of 7 ML of Au onto the fivefold symmetric surface of icosahedral Al–Pd–Mn leads to the formation of a several monolayers thick Au–Al alloy film. An AlAu film with 1:1 stoichiometry is formed, which shows no evidence of ordered structure, being either amorphous or polycrystalline. Annealing to 325 °C causes more Al to diffuse into the film, producing Al2Au but still with no indication of structure. Experiments using 0.5 ML of pre-deposited In demonstrated a surfactant effect as the In 'floated' on the surface during growth and produced a reduction in film roughness. However, contrary to previous findings the film was still either amorphous or polycrystalline, with no evidence of quasi-crystalline or aperiodic structure. Experiments were also conducted using smaller doses of Au to look for the formation of an epitaxial layer and, if formed, determine the registry with the substrate. However, no change in the Pd blocking curves for the surface could be seen, suggesting that the Au does not adsorb in well defined sites. This result is not surprising when considering that even for these low doses Al is drawn into the film, changing the composition and probably the structure of the topmost layers of the substrate, so that the potential adsorption sites on the clean surface may no longer exist.

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