Tl on the Si(111)-(root 7 x root 3) surface: Density Functional Theory


TAYRAN C. , Alkan B., ÇAKMAK M.

PHILOSOPHICAL MAGAZINE, vol.99, no.13, pp.1656-1668, 2019 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 99 Issue: 13
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/14786435.2019.1590659
  • Title of Journal : PHILOSOPHICAL MAGAZINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.1656-1668

Abstract

The atomic geometry and electronic structure of a single and double-layer of Thallium (Tl) on the Si(111)-(root 7 x root 3) surface have been studied using density functional theory. For Tl layer, we considered three cases: (i) Tl single layer as H (Tl is directly above a fourth-layer Si atom) and T (Tl is directly above a second-layer Si atom) sites, (ii) Tl double layer as H-T (the first Tl layer at H site while the second layer at the T site) and T-H (the first Tl layer at T site while the second layer at the H site) sites, and (iii) Tl double layer as rectangular (rect) and hexagonal (hex) sites. We have calculated the electronic band structures and the electronic charge densities of the energetically favourable cases. While the Tl single-layer makes the Si(111) surface semiconductor character, the double-layer Tl makes electronically the Si(111) surface metallic which agrees with the recent experimental measurements.