Hole dynamics in a two-dimensional spin-orbit coupled electron system: Theoretical and experimental study of the Au(111) surface state

I. A. Nechaev, M. F. Jensen, E. D L Rienks, V. M. Silkin, P. M. Echenique, E. V. Chulkov, Ph Hofmann

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Abstract

Using the example of the Au(111) surface state, the hole inelastic lifetime in a two-dimensional electron system with spin-orbit interaction is investigated within the GW approximation. It is found that taking the spin-orbit interaction into account does not have a significant impact on the surface-state linewidth as a function of energy: for a given binding energy the two spin-orbit-split branches have nearly the same lifetimes. This trend is also observed in angle-resolved photoemission measurements. It is predicted that noticeable differences in the lifetimes of the split branches can be induced by tuning the strength of the splitting and the position of the Fermi level.

Original languageEnglish
Article number113402
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume80
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Surface states
Orbits
spin-orbit interactions
orbits
life (durability)
Electrons
electrons
Photoemission
Fermi level
Binding energy
Linewidth
photoelectric emission
Tuning
binding energy
tuning
trends
approximation
energy

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  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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Hole dynamics in a two-dimensional spin-orbit coupled electron system : Theoretical and experimental study of the Au(111) surface state. / Nechaev, I. A.; Jensen, M. F.; Rienks, E. D L; Silkin, V. M.; Echenique, P. M.; Chulkov, E. V.; Hofmann, Ph.

In: Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, Vol. 80, No. 11, 113402, 16.09.2009.

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