STM images of subsurface Mn atoms in GaAs: evidence of hybridization of surface and impurity states.

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Physical Review Letters (Impact Factor: 7.73). 12/2008; 101(19):196801. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.101.196801
Source: arXiv

ABSTRACT We show that scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images of subsurface Mn atoms in GaAs are formed by hybridization of the impurity state with intrinsic surface states. They cannot be interpreted in terms of bulk-impurity wave-function imaging. Atomic-resolution images obtained using a low-temperature apparatus are compared with advanced, parameter-free tight-binding simulations accounting for both the buckled (110) surface and vacuum electronic properties. Splitting of the acceptor state due to buckling is shown to play a prominent role.

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