GaSb Oxide Thermal Stability Studied by Dynamic-XPS
Wallace, Robert M.
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The thermal decomposition of the native GaSb oxides is studied using time resolved x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy with a temperature resolution of better than 1 K. The expected transfer of oxygen from Sb-O to Ga-O before the eventual desorption of all oxides is observed. However, an initial reaction resulting in the reduction of Sb₂O₃ along with the concurrent increase in both Ga₂O₃ and Sb₂O₄ is detected in the temperature range of 450-525 K. Using the relative changes in atomic concentrations of the chemical species observed; the initial reaction pathway is proposed.