Jahn-Teller distortion in dangling-bond linear chains fabricated on a Hydrogen-terminated Si(100)- 2× 1 surface

Taro Hitosugi, S. Heike, T. Onogi, T. Hashizume, S. Watanabe, Z. Q. Li, K. Ohno, Y. Kawazoe, T. Hasegawa, K. Kitazawa

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Abstract

Length-dependent charge redistribution in dangling-bond (DB) linear chains fabricated on a hydrogen-terminated Si(100)-(2×1) surface is analyzed by using scanning tunneling microscopy and first-principles calculations. The second-layer Si atoms are displaced alternately to form pairs with charge redistribution, which is explained by the Jahn-Teller distortion in an artificial pseudomolecule. In a short even-numbered (DB) structure, an unpaired second-layer Si atom exists and behaves as a soliton accompanied by the flip-flop motion of the structure. We point out that the odd-even problem, the edge effect, and the finite length of the DB structures are indispensable to understand the relaxation in the structures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4034-4037
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume82
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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