Interplay between tip-induced band bending and voltage-dependent surface corrugation on GaAs(110) surfaces

G.J. Raad, de, D.M. Bruls, P.M. Koenraad, J.H. Wolter

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Abstract

Atomically resolved, voltage-dependent scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images of GaAs(110) are compared to the results of a one-dimensional model used to calculate the amount of tip-induced band bending for a tunneling junction between a metal and a semiconductor. The voltage-dependent changes in the morphology of the atomic lattice are caused by the four surface states of the GaAs(110) surface contributing in varying relative amounts to the total tunneling current. Tip-induced band bending determines which of these states contributes to the total tunneling current at a given bias voltage, and thus has a profound influence on the voltage-dependent STM-images. It is shown that certain voltage regions exist, for which none of the surface states present at the GaAs(110) surface can contribute to the tunneling current. For these voltages, tunneling occurs between the tip and bulk states of the sample through a surface depletion layer several nm wide. Nevertheless, we observe atomic, surface like corrugation for these circumstances
Original languageEnglish
Article number195306
Number of pages14
JournalPhysical Review B: Condensed Matter
Volume66
Issue number19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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