Nanoscale surface recrystallization driven by localized electric field

Feng Yin, Richard Palmer, Quanmin Guo

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Localized recrystallization of surface atoms has been conducted on the (111) surface of gold with a spatially confined electric field under the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope at room temperature. Scanning an area with a high electric field causes the loss of long-range order within the scanned area via field induced lateral atomic displacement. Upon the removal of the field, the surface atoms reorganize into a new structure, giving rise to the observed process of nanoscale recrystallization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)073405
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review B
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2006


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