Muscovite mica: flatter than a pancake

de Poel, Wester, Pintea, Stelian, Drnec, Jakub, Carla, Francesco, Felici, Roberto, Mulder, Peter, Elemans, Johannes A. A. W., van Enckevort, Willem J. P., Rowan, Alan E. and Vlieg, Elias (2014) Muscovite mica: flatter than a pancake. Surface Science, 619 19-24. doi:10.1016/j.susc.2013.10.008


Author de Poel, Wester
Pintea, Stelian
Drnec, Jakub
Carla, Francesco
Felici, Roberto
Mulder, Peter
Elemans, Johannes A. A. W.
van Enckevort, Willem J. P.
Rowan, Alan E.
Vlieg, Elias
Title Muscovite mica: flatter than a pancake
Journal name Surface Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0039-6028
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.susc.2013.10.008
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 619
Start page 19
End page 24
Total pages 6
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Language eng
Subject 3104 Condensed Matter Physics
3110 Surfaces and Interfaces
2508 Surfaces, Coatings and Films
2505 Materials Chemistry
Abstract Muscovite mica is a widely used material because of its transparency, heat resistance and especially its flatness. This study investigates how flat muscovite mica really is. The surface of cleaved muscovite mica was studied with the help of several optical techniques, surface X-ray diffraction and with atomic force microscopy. The results show that for high-quality muscovite mica, large (> 1 cm2) step-free surface areas exist, which makes it one of the flattest materials around. Several reasons are given to explain why this crystal is so incredibly flat. The flatness of muscovite mica can be exploited in applications such as the surface force apparatus and creating a flat interface for organic solar cells.
Keyword Flatness
Muscovite mica
Optical microscopy
Surface terminations
Surface X-ray diffraction
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Publications
 
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