Polarization-dependent electron affinity of LiNbO3 surfaces

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Title: Polarization-dependent electron affinity of LiNbO3 surfaces
Authors: Yang, W. -C.
Rodriguez, Brian J.
Gruverman, A.
Nemanich, R. J.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5354
Date: Sep-2004
Abstract: Polar surfaces of a ferroelectric LiNbO3 crystal with periodically poled domains are explored using UV-photoelectron emission microscopy (PEEM). Compared with the positive domains (domains with positive surface polarization charges), a higher photoelectric yield is found from the negative domains (domains with negative surface polarization charges), indicating a lower photothreshold and a corresponding lower electron affinity. The photon-energy-dependent contrast in the PEEM images of the surfaces indicates that the photothreshold of the negative domains is similar to4.6 eV while that of the positive domains is greater than similar to6.2 eV. We propose that the threshold difference between the opposite domains can be attributed to a variation of the electron affinity due to opposite surface dipoles induced by surface adsorbates.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Copyright (published version): 2004 American Institute of Physics
Keywords: UV-photoelectron emission microscopyferroelectric LiNbO3 crystal
DOI: 10.1063/1.1790604
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Physics Research Collection

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