Electronic structure of the topmost tenfold surface of decagonal Al-Ni-Co quasicrystal

T. Suzuki, H. R. Sharma, T. Nishimura, M. Shimoda, Y. Yamauchi, A. P. Tsai

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The electronic structure of the tenfold surface of a decagonal Al-Ni-Co quasicrystal was investigated using metastable He*(2S3,1s2s) deexcitation spectroscopy, which is extremely sensitive to the topmost surface. It was found that the density of states at the Fermi level was remarkably reduced at the topmost surface. The deexcitation of He* via a resonance transition followed by Auger neutralization observed on the quasicrystalline surface indicates the persistence of states within the pseudogap at the topmost surface. The similarity of the electronic structure between the topmost surface and the bulk is consistent with a bulk-terminated structure, as observed by low-energy ion scattering spectroscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115427
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Sep 15
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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