Thin Fe3O4 films prepared by iron deposition and subsequent oxidation on Pt
(111) single crystal substrates were studied by selected area electron diff
raction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). No ot
her iron oxide phases were detected. The formation of Fe3O4 films takes pla
ce epitaxially on Pt(111) substrates with the relationships: (Pt)/ /[1
11]Fe3O4, [1 (1) over bar0]Pt/ /[1 (1) over bar0]Fe3O4. The films were free
of dislocations but contained antiphase boundaries (APB) between domains s
hifted by 1.86 or 2.35 A relative to each other along the  direction.
The lattice mismatch between Fe3O4 and Pt causes periodic arrays of straine
d regions in the oxide along the interface. The iron oxide lattice paramete
rs near the interface are compressed by approximately 2%. Detailed analysis
of the Fe3O4/Pt interface based on HRTEM images and image simulations show
that the first layer of the oxide on the Pt substrate consists of iron ato
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