Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


Date of this Version

July 2000


Published Applied Physics Letters 77 (2000) 88-90. Permission to use.


The surface Debye temperature of the NiMnSb (100) epitaxial films has been obtained using low energy electron diffraction, inverse photoemission, and core-level photoemission. The normal dynamic motion of the (100) surface results in a value for the effective surface Debye temperature of 145613 K. This is far smaller than the bulk Debye temperature of 31265 K obtained from wave vector dependent inelastic neutron scattering. The large difference between these measures of surface and bulk dynamic motion indicates a soft and compositionally different (100) surface. © 2000 American Institute of Physics. [S0003-6951(00)05127-5]

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