Spin polarization of the Si(111)-7 × 7 surface: A study with a spin-polarized metastable helium atom beam

M. Kurahashi*, A. Pratt, Y. Yamauchi

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We have observed the electron spin polarization of a clean Si(111) surface under external magnetic fields of 0-5 T using a spin-polarized metastable helium atom beam. By making comparisons with metastable deexcitation spectroscopy (MDS) measurements, the spin polarization has been assigned to surface dangling bonds. It has been found that the spin polarization is largely quenched by the adsorption of atomic hydrogen, and that its H-exposure dependence correlates well with that of the MDS spectrum and the low energy electron diffraction pattern.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)612-615
Number of pages4
JournalSurface Science
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2011

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