We study the electronic structure of the Re(0001) surface by means of ab-initio techniques based on the Fully Relativistic (FR) Density Functional Theory (DFT) and the Projector Augmented-Wave (PAW) method. We identify the main surface states and resonances and study in detail their energy dispersion along the main symmetry lines of the SBZ. Moreover, we discuss the effect of spin-orbit coupling on the energy splittings and the spin-polarization of the main surface states and resonances. Whenever possible, we compare the results with previously studied heavy metals surfaces. We find empty resonances, located below a gap similar to the L-gap of the (111) fcc surfaces, that have a downward dispersion and cross the Fermi level, similarly to the recently studied Os(0001) surface. Their spin polarization at the Fermi level is similar to that predicted by the Rashba model, but the usual level crossing at Γ¯ is not found with our slab thickness. Moreover, for selected states, we follow the spin polarization along the high symmetry lines, discussing its behavior with respect to k ∥ , the wave-vector parallel to the surface.

Spin-polarized electronic surface states of Re(0001): An ab-initio investigation / Urru, A.; Dal Corso, A.. - In: SURFACE SCIENCE. - ISSN 0039-6028. - 686(2019), pp. 22-29. [10.1016/j.susc.2019.03.008]

Spin-polarized electronic surface states of Re(0001): An ab-initio investigation

Urru A.
Membro del Collaboration group
;
Dal Corso A.
Membro del Collaboration group
2019

Abstract

We study the electronic structure of the Re(0001) surface by means of ab-initio techniques based on the Fully Relativistic (FR) Density Functional Theory (DFT) and the Projector Augmented-Wave (PAW) method. We identify the main surface states and resonances and study in detail their energy dispersion along the main symmetry lines of the SBZ. Moreover, we discuss the effect of spin-orbit coupling on the energy splittings and the spin-polarization of the main surface states and resonances. Whenever possible, we compare the results with previously studied heavy metals surfaces. We find empty resonances, located below a gap similar to the L-gap of the (111) fcc surfaces, that have a downward dispersion and cross the Fermi level, similarly to the recently studied Os(0001) surface. Their spin polarization at the Fermi level is similar to that predicted by the Rashba model, but the usual level crossing at Γ¯ is not found with our slab thickness. Moreover, for selected states, we follow the spin polarization along the high symmetry lines, discussing its behavior with respect to k ∥ , the wave-vector parallel to the surface.
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https://doi.org/10.1016/j.susc.2019.03.008
https://arxiv.org/abs/1906.12196
Urru, A.; Dal Corso, A.
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