Díaz, M., Martínez, L., Román, E., Redondo-Cubero, A., Muñoz-Márquez, M.A., van der Laan, G., Telling, N.D., Bailey, Paul, Noakes, T.C.Q. and Huttel, Y. (2010) Compositional and structural medium energy ion scattering study of the temperature mediated diffusion determination at the Co/V interface in Co/V/MgO(100). Surface Science, 604 (23-24). pp. 2177-2183. ISSN 0039-6028

The impact of annealing at 300 °C on the elemental composition and the atomic structure of the Co/V interface in the 2.5 Å Co/70 Å V/MgO (100) system has been investigated by medium energy ion scattering (MEIS) using 100 keV He+ ions. By combining the experimental MEIS results with simulations we show that, while the Co/V interface is abrupt for the system kept at room temperature, annealing at 300 °C induces a strong interdiffusion leading to a Co0.5V0.5 surface bcc alloy with a high degree of disorder. Additionally, the MEIS data suggest that the surface of the annealed system is slightly rumpled by ~ 0.2 Å.