Photoelectron Holographic Atomic Arrangement Imaging of Cleaved Bimetal-intercalated Graphite Superconductor Surface

Fumihiko Matsui, Ritsuko Eguchi, Saki Nishiyama, Masanari Izumi, Eri Uesugi, Hidenori Goto, Tomohiro Matsushita, Kenji Sugita, Hiroshi Daimon, Yuji Hamamoto, Ikutaro Hamada, Yoshitada Morikawa, Yoshihiro Kubozono

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    Abstract

    From the C 1s and K 2p photoelectron holograms, we directly reconstructed atomic images of the cleaved surface of a bimetal-intercalated graphite superconductor, (Ca, K)C8, which differed substantially from the expected bulk crystal structure based on x-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. Graphene atomic images were collected in the in-plane cross sections of the layers 3.3 Å and 5.7 Å above the photoelectron emitter C atom and the stacking structures were determined as AB- and AA-type, respectively. The intercalant metal atom layer was found between two AA-stacked graphenes. The K atomic image revealing 2 × 2 periodicity, occupying every second centre site of C hexagonal columns, was reconstructed, and the Ca 2p peak intensity in the photoelectron spectra of (Ca, K)C8 from the cleaved surface was less than a few hundredths of the K 2p peak intensity. These observations indicated that cleavage preferentially occurs at the KC8 layers containing no Ca atoms.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number36258
    JournalScientific reports
    Volume6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 4 2016

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