We report a P L2,3VV Auger line-shape study of the early stages of the GaP(110)/Yb interface formation. Strong similarities with the evolution displayed by the Si L2,3VV Auger profiles measured from the Si(111)/Yb interface and nearly-d0 metal silicides (Ca-silicides, Gd-silicides) is pointed out and exploited to determine the character of the P 3p-derived valence states in the Yb phosphide-like reaction products. A comparison, at different Yb coverages, with the self-folded partial density of states calculated for stoichiometric YbP is moreover performed. On this basis, the chemical bond is mainly described in terms of the formation of P 3p-Yb 5d hybrids.
P L2, 3 VV AUGER-SPECTROSCOPY AT THE GAP(110)/YB INTERFACE - ANALYSIS OF THE CHEMICAL-BOND / M., Sancrotti; L., Duo; R., Cosso; D'Addato, Sergio; A., Ruocco; Nannarone, Stefano; P., Weightman. - In: PHYSICA SCRIPTA. - ISSN 0031-8949. - STAMPA. - T41:(1992), pp. 241-245. [10.1088/0031-8949/1992/T41/042]