Elastic scattering of surface electron waves in quantum corrals: Importance of the shape of the adatom potential
2004 (English)In: Physical Review. B Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0211 (print) 1550-235x (online), Vol. 70, no 23, 233409- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We report elastic scattering theory for surface electron waves in quantum corrals defined by adatoms on the surface of noble metals. We develop a scattering-matrix technique that allows us to account for a realistic smooth potential profile of the scattering centers. Our calculations reproduce quantitatively all the experimental observations, which is in contrast to previous theories (treating the adatoms as point scatterers) that require additional inelastic channels of scattering into the bulk in order to achieve the agreement with the experiment. Our findings thus indicate that accounting for a realistic potential as well as using the exact numerical schemes is important in achieving detailed agreement as well as interpretation of the experiment.
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2004. Vol. 70, no 23, 233409- p.
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-14617DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.70.233409OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-14617DiVA: diva2:24018