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O: Fachverband Oberflächenphysik

O 3: Inorganic/Organic Interfaces: Growth I

O 3.9: Vortrag

Montag, 16. März 2015, 12:30–12:45, MA 005

Layer resolved evolution of α-sexithiophene films: Correlation between PEEM and optical reflectance — •Ebrahim Ghanbari, Thorsten Wagner, and Peter Zeppenfeld — ebrahim.ghanbari@jku.at

α-sexithiophene (α-6T) is a well-known organic dye pigment which represents a model system to study the photo-physical properties of π-conjugated molecules. We apply a combination of Differential Reflectance Spectroscopy (DRS) and Photo Electron Emission Microscopy (PEEM) to follow the growth of α-6T on Ag(111) surfaces in real time. The deposition of the molecules modifies the density of states at the surface as well as the actual photoelectron emission barrier. Therefore, the lateral variation of the electron yield can be used to follow the growth of layers and 3D crystallites. Initially, the PEEM intensity rises uniformly across the entire field of view (145 µm) until the first layer is closed. The following drop of the electron yield is terminated when the wetting layer is completed and the nucleation of 3D islands sets in. The initial rise of the electron yield can be attributed to the formation of an interface dipole. The DRS and the PEEM measurements are synchronized and both signals are recorded simultaneously. The evolution of different features in the normalized differential optical reflectance can be attributed to the formation of the first layer, the second layer, as well as the nucleation and growth of 3D crystallites. Thus, we obtain a direct correlation between the PEEM and the transients of the spectral reflectance which provides a deeper insight into the nature of the adsorbate-metal system.

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