Spectroscopic evidence for a new type of surface resonance at noble metal surfaces

9 Mar 2021  ·  Tobias Eul, Jürgen Braun, Benjamin Stadtmüller, Hubert Ebert, Martin Aeschlimann ·

We investigate the surface- and bulk-like properties of the pristine (110)-surface of silver using threshold photoemission by excitation with light of 5.9 eV. Using a momentum microscope, we identified two distinct transitions along the $\overline{\Gamma}\,\overline{\textrm{Y}}$-direction of the crystal... The first one is a so far unknown surface resonance for the (110) noble metal surface, exhibiting an exceptionally large bulk character, that has so far been elusive in surface sensitive experiments. The second one stems from the well known bulk-like Mahan cone oriented along the $\Gamma L$-direction inside the crystal but projected onto the (110)-surface cut. The existence of the new state is confirmed by photocurrent calculations and its character analyzed. read more

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