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Charge density waves in 1T-TaS2: an angle-resolved photoemission study

Clerc, Florian ; Bovet, M. ; Berger, Helmuth ; Despont, Laurent ; Koitzsch, Christian ; Garnier, Michael Bernard Gunnar ; Aebi, Philipp

In: Surface Science, 2006, vol. 351, no. 3-4, p. 245-249

The transition metal dichalcogenide 1T-TaS2 is a layered material exhibiting charge density waves. Based on angle-resolved photoemission experiments mapping spectral weight at the Fermi surface and density functional theory calculations we discuss possible mechanisms involved with the creation of charge density waves. At first the flat parts of the elliptically shaped Fermi...

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Direct evidence for ferroelectric polar distortion in ultrathin lead titanate perovskite films

Despont, Laurent ; Koitzsch, Christian ; Clerc, Florian ; Aebi, Philipp ; Lichtensteiger, Céline ; Triscone, Jean-Marc ; Garcia de Abajo, F.J. ; Bousquet, E. ; Ghosez

In: Despont, Laurent ; Institut de Physique, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 2006, vol. 73, no. 094110, p. 1-6

X-ray photoelectron diffraction is used to directly probe the intracell polar atomic distortion and tetragonality associated with ferroelectricity in ultrathin epitaxial PbTiO3 films. Our measurements, combined with ab initio calculations, unambiguously demonstrate noncentrosymmetry in films a few unit cells thick, imply that films as thin as three unit cells still preserve a...

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Electronic structure of ZrTe3

Starowicz, P. ; Battaglia, Corsin ; Clerc, F. ; Despont, Laurent ; Prodan, A. ; van Midden, H. J. P. ; Szerer, U. ; Szytuła, A. ; Garnier, Michael Bernard Gunnar ; Aebi, Philipp

In: Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 2007, vol. 442, no. 1-2, p. 268-271

The Fermi surface topology of the layered superconducting charge density wave compound ZrTe3 is investigated by angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy and density functional theory. The Fermi surface is dominated by bands originating from two perpendicular systems of quasi one-dimensional chains. Nesting and opening of a pseudogap at temperatures as high as 250 K are signatures of a...

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Evidence for an Excitonic Insulator Phase in 1T–TaS2

Cercellier, H. ; Monney, Claude ; Clerc, F. ; Battaglia, Corsin ; Despont, Laurent ; Garnier, Michael Bernard Gunnar ; Beck, H. ; Aebi, Philipp ; Patthey, L. ; Berger, H. ; Forró, L.

In: Physical Review Letters, 2007, vol. 99, no. 146403, p. 1-4

We present a new high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission study of 1T–TaS2 in both its room-temperature, normal phase and its low-temperature, charge-density wave phase. At low temperature the photoemission spectra are strongly modified, with large band renormalizations at high-symmetry points of the Brillouin zone and a very large transfer of spectral weight to backfolded...

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Fermi-surface-induced lattice distortion in NbTe2

Battaglia, Corsin ; Cercellier, Hervé ; Clerc, Florian ; Despont, Laurent ; Garnier, Michael Gunnar ; Koitzsch, Christian ; Aebi, Philipp ; Berger, Helmuth ; Forró, László ; Ambrosch-Draxl, Claudia

In: Physical Review B, 2005, vol. 72, no. 195114, p. 1-10

The origin of the monoclinic distortion and domain formation in the quasi-two-dimensional layer compound NbTe2 is investigated. Angle-resolved photoemission shows that the Fermi surface is pseudogapped over large portions of the Brillouin zone. Ab initio calculation of the electron and phonon band structure as well as the static RPA susceptibility lead us to conclude that Fermi...

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Fermi surface of layered compounds and bulk charge density wave systems

Clerc, F. ; Battaglia, Corsin ; Cercellier, H. ; Monney, Claude ; Berger, H. ; Despont, Laurent ; Garnier, Michael Bernard Gunnar ; Aebi, Philipp

In: Journal of Physics : Condensed Matter, 2007, vol. 19, no. 355002, p. 1-17

A review is given of recent angle-resolved photoemission (ARPES) experiments and analyses on a series of layered charge density wave materials. Important aspects of ARPES are recalled in view of its capability for bulk band, Fermi surface and spectral function mapping despite its surface sensitivity. Discussed are TaS2, TaSe2, NbTe2, TiSe2 and...

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Fermi-surface topology of rare-earth dihydrides

Koitzsch, Christian ; Hayoz, J. ; Bovet, M ; Clerc, Florian ; Despont, Laurent ; Ambrosch-Draxl, Claudia ; Aebi, Philipp

In: Physical Review B, 2004, vol. 70, no. 165114, p. 1-10

We report high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission experiments on epitaxial thin films of different rare-earth (RE) dihydrides (RE=Gd,La) and of YH2 and ScH2 . It is found through ab initio calculations and confirmed by Fermi surface mapping that the electronic structure becomes very similar upon hydrogenation, rendering the studied dihydrides...

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Lattice-distortion-enhanced electron-phonon coupling and Fermi surface nesting in 1T-TaS2

Clerc, Florian ; Battaglia, Corsin ; Bovet, M ; Despont, Laurent ; Monney, Claude ; Cercellier, Hervé ; Garnier, Michael Bernard Gunnar ; Aebi, Philipp ; Berger, Helmuth ; Forró, László

In: Physical Review B, 2006, vol. 74, no. 155114, p. 1-7

The temperature dependence of the electronic structure of the quasi-two-dimensional material 1T-TaS2 is revisited by considering angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and density functional theory to calculate the imaginary part of the static electronic susceptibility characterizing the nesting strength. While nesting appears to play a role in the high temperature...

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Monodomain to polydomain transition in ferroelectric PbTiO3 thin films with La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 electrodes

Lichtensteiger, Céline ; Dawber, Matthew ; Stucki, Nicolas ; Triscone, Jean-Marc ; Hoffman, Jason ; Yau, Jeng-Bang ; Ahn, Charles H. ; Despont, Laurent ; Aebi, Philipp

In: Applied Physics Letters, 2007, vol. 90, no. 052907, p. 1-3

Finite size effects in ferroelectric thin films have been probed in a series of epitaxial perovskite c-axis oriented PbTiO3 films grown on thin La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 epitaxial electrodes. The film thickness ranges from 480 down to 28 Å (seven unit cells). The evolution of the film tetragonality c/a, studied using high resolution x-ray diffraction...

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Multiple scattering investigation of the 1T-TaS2 surface termination

Despont, Laurent ; Clerc, F. ; Garnier, Michael Bernard Gunnar ; Berger, H. ; Forró, L. ; Aebi, Philipp

In: The European Physical Journal B - Condensed Matter and Complex Systems, 2006, vol. 52, no. 3, p. 421-426

Multiple scattering theory based on a cluster model is used to simulate full hemispherical X-ray photoelectron diffraction measurements on a 1T-TaS2 (0001) surface. Key points to determine the surface termination are discussed. As the commonly applied single scattering simulations do not give satisfying results, a multiple scattering approach has to be used to accurately...