Electronic structure study of ultrathin Ag(111) films modified by a Si(111) substrate and √3×√3-Ag2Bi surface


Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy experiments show that the electronic structure of a Ag(111) film grown on Si(111) is markedly perturbed by the formation of a √3×√3-Ag2Bi Rashba-type surface alloy.  

M. Ogawa et al.J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 24 (2012) 115501

Four spin-split surface states, with different band dispersions and energy contours, intercept and hybridize selectively with the sp-derived quantum well states of the Ag layer. 

Detailed two-dimensional band mapping of the system was carried out and constant energy contours at different energies result in hexagonal-, star- and flower-like distortions of the quantum well states as a result of various interactions. Further wavy-like modulations of the electronic structure of the film are found to originate from umklapp reflections of the Ag film states according to the surface periodicity. 


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