Metallic glass electronic structure peculiarities revealed by UHV STM/STS

A. I. Oreshkin, N. S. Maslova, V. N. Mantsevich, S. I. Oreshkin, S. V. Savinov, V. I. Panov, D. V. Louzguine-Luzgin

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We present the results of ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy investigation of metallic glass surface. The topography and electronic structure of Ni63.5Nb36.5 have been studied. A great number of clusters with size about 5-10 nm have been found on constant current scanning tunneling microscopy images. The tunneling spectra of normalized tunneling conductivity revealed the energy pseudogap in the vicinity of Fermi energy. For energy values above 0.1 eV the normalized tunneling conductivity changes linearly with increasing of tunneling bias. The obtained results can be understood within suggested theoretical model based on the interplay of elastic electron scattering on random defects and weak intra-cluster Coulomb interaction. The effects of the finite edges of electron spectrum of each cluster have to be taken into account to explain the experimental data. The tunneling conductivity behavior and peculiarities in current images of individual clusters can also be qualitatively analyzed in the framework of suggested model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-62
Number of pages5
JournalJETP Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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