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Chen, J., Du, Y., Li, Z., Li, W., Feng, B., Qiu, J., Cheng, P., Dou, S. Xue., Chen, L. & Wu, K. (2015). Delocalized surface state in epitaxial Si(111) film with spontaneous √3 x √3 superstructure. Scientific Reports, 5 13590-1-13590-8.


The " multilayer silicene" films were grown on Ag(111), with increasing thickness above 30 monolayers (ML). Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) observations suggest that the " multilayer silicene" is indeed a bulk-like Si(111) film with a (√ 3 x √ 3)R30° honeycomb superstructure on surface. The possibility for formation of Si(111)(√ 3 x √ 3)R30°-Ag reconstruction on the surface can be distinctively ruled out by peeling off the surface layer with the STM tip. On this surface, delocalized surface state as well as linear energy-momentum dispersion was observed from quasiparticle interference patterns. Our results indicate that a bulklike silicon film with diamondlike structure can also host delocalized surface state, which is even more attractive for potential applications, such as new generation of nanodevices based on Si.



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