Alloy formation at the Fe-on-Nb and Nb-on-Fe interfaces

Judit Balogh, László Bujdosó, Zsolt Endre Horváth, Dénes Kaptás, László Ferenc Kiss, Akio Nakanishi, Szilárd Sajti, Edit Szilágyi

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Nb/Fe/Nb vacuum evaporated trilayers were studies by X-ray reflectometry, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and Mössbauer spectroscopy in order to obtain information on the properties of the Fe-on-Nb and Nb-on-Fe interfaces. According to the Mössbauer analysis the interfaces are rather sharp; chemical mixing forms less than 1 nm thick Fe-rich interfaces at both sides of the Fe layer. Comparison to X-ray reflectometry and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry results indicate that interface alloying and geometrical roughness equally contribute to the element distribution across the Fe and Nb layers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109048
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020



  • Interface alloying
  • Interface roughness
  • Mössbauer spectroscopy
  • Rutherford backscattering spectrometry
  • X-ray reflectometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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