We present a study focussed at the atomic level characterization of the Fe/MgO(001) interface by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron diffraction and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The data show a good crystalline quality of the Fe films grown on MgO(001) at room temperature. The films have a bee structure with the Fe(001)//MgO(001) and Fe//MgO orientation. The Fe growth in the 1-10 ML thickness range proceeds by the formation of islands covering a fraction of the MgO surface. The oxidation of Fe and the consequent reduction of MgO can be excluded, thus proving that the interface is locally abrupt, with a very weak interaction between the two sides. The interface is stable with temperature up to 670 K.
Absence of oxide formation at the Fe/MgO(001) interface / P., Luches; Benedetti, Stefania; Liberati, Marco; F., Boscherini; I. I., Pronin; Valeri, Sergio. - In: SURFACE SCIENCE. - ISSN 0039-6028. - STAMPA. - 583:2-3(2005), pp. 191-198. [10.1016/j.susc.2005.03.038]