The effect of adsorbed Sn as a surfactant on Ge diffusion on a Si(111) surface has been studied by Low Energy Electron Diffraction and Auger Electron Spectroscopy. The experimental dependence of Ge diffusion coefficients on the Si(111) surface versus temperature in the presence of adsorbed Sn atoms has been measured in the range from 300 to 650°C. It has been shown that at a Sn coverage of about 1 monolayer the mobility of Ge atoms increases by several orders of magnitude.
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