Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


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Published by American Physical Society. Copyright 1994. Permission to use. Phys. Rev. B 49 (1994), 13780-13786.


A nonmetal-to-metal transition in Mg monolayers on Mo(112) has been indicated by photoemission and resonant photoemission. The dramatic changes of the density of states, the dispersion of bands near EF, and screening are observed across the nonmetal-to-metal transition. The changes of the resonance photon energy and the intensity of Mg 2p→εd excitation, with different coverages, indicate that there exists a correlation between the electronic structure (particularly final-state screening effects) and the overlayer structure. The commensurate-to-incommensurate transition beyond 0.5 monolayer of coverage corresponds to the overlayer nonmetal-to-metal transition, which is due to the hybridization of Mg s and p bands and represents a transition from a localized (bondlike) to a delocalized (bandlike) phase for divalent atoms.

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