Scanning tunneling microscopy and scanning tunneling spectroscopy combined with first-principles calculations have been applied to investigate the (111) surface of a naturally grown Fe3 O4 single crystal. The commonly observed surface is determined as a layer of Fe cations at tetrahedral sites, known as the Fetet1 termination. A surface terminated with Fe cations at octahedral sites, another proposed termination in previous studies, is found only when the surface was prepared under oxygen-poor conditions. Scanning tunneling spectra at room temperature and at 77 K indicate that the (111) surface undergoes a metal-insulator transition.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2010 Jun 21|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics