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Energy-momentum mapping of d -derived Au(111) states in a thin film


The quantum well states of a film can be used to sample the electronic structure of the parent bulk material and determine its band parameters. We highlight the benefits of two-dimensional film band mapping, with respect to complex bulk analysis, in an angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy study of the 5d states of Au(111). Discrete 5d-derived quantum well states of various orbital characters form in Au(111) films and span the width of the corresponding bulk bands. 

P. M. Sheverdyaeva et al.Phys. Rev. B 93 (2016) 035113


For sufficiently thick films, the dispersion of these states samples the bulk band edges, as confirmed by first-principles calculations, thus providing the positions of the critical points of bulk Au in agreement with previously determined values. In turn, this analysis identifies several d-like surface states and resonances with large spin splittings that originate from the strong spin-orbit coupling of the Au 5d atomic levels.


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