Title: Lateral Quantization of Two-Dimensional Electron States by Embedded Ag Nanocrystals
Authors: Schouteden, Koen ×
Van Haesendonck, Chris #
Issue Date: Feb-2012
Publisher: American Physical Society
Series Title: Physical Review Letters vol:108 issue:7 pages:1-5
Article number: 076806
Abstract: We show that quantization of image-potential state (IS) electrons above the surface of nanostructures can be experimentally achieved by Ag nanocrystals that appear as stacking-fault tetrahedrons (SFTs) at Ag(111) surfaces. By means of cryogenic scanning tunneling spectroscopy, the n = 1 IS of the Ag(111) surface is revealed to split up in discrete energy levels, which is accompanied by the formation of pronounced standing wave patterns that directly reflect the eigenstates of the SFT surface. The IS confinement behavior is compared to that of the surface state electrons in the SFT surface and can be directly linked to the particle-in-a-box model. ISs provide a novel playground for investigating quantum size effects and defect-induced scattering above nanostructured surfaces.
ISSN: 0031-9007
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Solid State Physics and Magnetism Section
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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