Single Crystalline Nature of para-Sexiphenyl Crystallites Grown on KCl(100)
This work focuses on studies of the single crystal nature of para-sexiphenyl structures grown on freshly cleaved KCl(100) surfaces. Two different kinds of morphologies, namely terrace like structures and needle like structures, are found by atomic force microscopy as well as by electron microscopy. Regardless of the morphology the individual crystallites show highly regular shapes. The crystalline alignment and the degree of order of the crystallites on the surface are determined by X-ray diffraction. Several epitaxial alignments of para-sexiphenyl on KCl(100) are observed and all of them are perfectly aligned on the surface. The rocking curve widths of the organic crystallites do not exceed 800″ which is approximately only the four fold of the substrates' ones. The single crystalline nature of para-sexiphenyl crystallites is proven by transmission electron microscopy, diffraction patterns, dark field imaging and high resolution techniques. Single crystalline terraced mounds reach diameters of several microns and heights of 50 nm. Single crystal needles show heights and breadths of more than 100 nm and lengths of several microns.
Keywords: AROMATIC COMPOUNDS; CRYSTAL MORPHOLOGY; CRYSTAL STRUCTURE; HOT WALL EPITAXY; ORGANIC SINGLE CRYSTALS; TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; X-RAY DIFFRACTION
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: March 1, 2006
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