The electronic structure of Ag1-: XSn1+ xSe2 (x = 0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.25 and 1.0)

Takanori Wakita, Eugenio Paris, Kaya Kobayashi, Kensei Terashima, Muammer Yasin Hacisalihoǧlu, Teppei Ueno, Federica Bondino, Elena Magnano, Igor Píš, Luca Olivi, Jun Akimitsu, Yuji Muraoka, Takayoshi Yokoya, Naurang L. Saini

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We have studied the valence electronic structure of Ag1-xSn1+xSe2 (x = 0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.25) and SnSe (x = 1.0) by a combined analysis of X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) measurements. Both XAS and XPS reveal an increase in electron carriers in the system with x (i.e. excess Sn concentration) for 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.25. The core-level spectra (Sn 3d, Ag 3d and Se 3d) show that the charge state of Ag is almost 1+, while that of of Sn splits into Sn2+ and Sn4+ (providing clear evidence of valence skipping for the first time) with a concomitant splitting of Se into Se2- and Se2-δ states. The x dependence of the split components in Sn and Se together with the Se-K edge XAS reveals that the Se valence state may have an essential role in the transport properties of this system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26672-26678
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number39
Publication statusPublished - 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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