Electronic States of Silicene Allotropes on Ag(111)


Silicene, a honeycomb lattice of silicon, presents a particular case of allotropism on Ag(111). Silicene forms multiple structures with alike in-plane geometry but different out-of-plane atomic buckling and registry to the substrate. Angle-resolved photoemission and first-principles calculations show that these silicene structures, with (4×4), (√13×√13)R13.9°, and (2√3×2√3)R30° lattice periodicity, display similar electronic bands despite the structural differences. 

P. M. Sheverdyaeva et al., ACS Nano 11 (2017) 975.


In all cases the interaction with the substrate modifies the electronic states, which significantly differ from those of free-standing silicene. Complex photoemission patterns arise from surface umklapp processes, varying according to the periodicity of the silicene allotropes.


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