Changes in the 5d photoionization spectra between atomic and solid Pb

D. Iablonskyi, M. Patanen, S. Aksela, H. Aksela

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The Pb 5d photoionization spectrum of free atoms and the corresponding solid state have been measured simultaneously in one experiment. In addition to the 5d binding-energy shifts, which were found to differ for different spin-orbit components, the lifetime of the 5d core hole was observed to be much shorter in solid Pb in comparison to atomic Pb. Model calculations based on a so-called excited-atom approximation were used to predict the influence of charge transfer in the observed drastic changes between atomic and solid Pb. The model indicates that level widths could serve as a sensor for a metal to nonmetal transition in neutral Pb clusters.

Original languageEnglish
Article number041101
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jul 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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