A Helium-Surface Interaction Potential of Bi2Te3(111) from Ultrahigh-Resolution Spin-Echo Measurements

Anton Tamtögl, Michael Pusterhofer, Martin Bremholm, Ellen M.J. Hedegaard, Bo B. Iversen, Philip Hofmann, John Ellis, William Allison, S. Miret-Artés, Wolfgang E. Ernst

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We have determined an atom-surface interaction potential for the He−Bi2Te3(111) system by analysing ultrahigh resolution measurements of selective adsorption resonances. The experimental measurements were obtained using 3He spin-echo spectrometry. Following an initial free-particle model analysis, we use elastic close-coupling calculations to obtain a three-dimensional potential. The three-dimensional potential is then further refined based on the experimental data set, giving rise to an optimised potential which fully reproduces the experimental data. Based on this analysis, the He−Bi2Te3(111) interaction potential can be described by a corrugated Morse potential with a well depth D=(6.22±0.05) meV, a stiffness κ=(0.92±0.01) 1/Å and a surface electronic corrugation of (9.6±0.2)% of the lattice constant. The improved uncertainties of the atom-surface interaction potential should also enable the use in inelastic close-coupled calculations in order to eventually study the temperature dependence and the line width of selective adsorption resonances.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSurface Science
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2018


  • Bi2Te3
  • Topological insulator
  • Adsorption
  • Bound states
  • Atom scattering
  • Atom-surface interaction

Fields of Expertise

  • Advanced Materials Science


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