Structure of the Si(001)-(2×2)-Tl phase at 0.5 monolayer coverage

Anton Visikovskiy, Seigi Mizuno, Hiroshi Tochihara

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Abstract

A (2×2) structure formed by thallium (Tl) atoms on the Si(001) surface at 0.5 monolayer coverage at room temperature has been studied by a tensor low-energy electron-diffraction (LEED) analysis. Twenty-four structural models were tested. The valley-bridge para dimer model, being produced also by other trivalent metals, was found to be the most optimal. It is concluded, therefore, that the so-called "inert pair effect" of Tl atoms does not play a significant role in the case of this (2×2) structure. The structural parameters obtained by first-principles total-energy calculations are in good agreement with those obtained by the LEED analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number245407
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume71
Issue number24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 15 2005

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  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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