3 years ago

Coupled spin and electron-phonon dynamics at the relativistic Tl/Si(111) surface.

Asier Eiguren, Idoia G. Gurtubay, Peio Garcia-Goiricelaya

We investigate the role played by the electron spin and the spin-orbit interaction on the exceptional electronphonon coupling at the Tl/Si(111) surface. Our first-principles calculations demonstrate that the particular spin pattern of this system dominates the whole low-energy electron-phonon physics, which is remarkably explained by forbidden spin-spin scattering channels. In particular, we show that the strength of the electron-phonon coupling appears drastically weakened for surface states close to the K and K' valleys, which is unambiguously attributed to the spin polarization through the associated modulation due to the spinor overlaps. However, close to the {\Gamma} point, the particular spin pattern in this area is less effective in damping the electron-phonon matrix elements, and the result is an exceptional strength of electron-phonon coupling parameter {\lambda} ~ 2. These results are rationalized by a simple model for the electron-phonon matrix elements including the spinor terms.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1712.04868

DOI: arXiv:1712.04868v2

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