Reference : Vanishing gap in LiF for electronic excitations by slow antiprotons
Scientific journals : Article
Physical, chemical, mathematical & earth Sciences : Physics
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/8262
Vanishing gap in LiF for electronic excitations by slow antiprotons
English
Solleder, Beate [Technische Universität Wien = Vienna University of Technology - TU Vienna > Institute for Theoretical Physics]
Wirtz, Ludger mailto [Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS > UMR 8520, Department ISEN > Institute for Electronics, Microelectronics, and Nanotechnology]
Burgdörfer, Joachim [Technische Universität Wien = Vienna University of Technology - TU Vienna > Institute for Theoretical Physics]
2009
Physical Review B
79
12
Yes (verified by ORBilu)
International
1098-0121
[en] We study the influence of antiprotons and protons traveling through LiF on the band structure of the insulator using the embedded-cluster method. The crystal is represented by F(m)(-)Li(n)(+) clusters with up to 19 fluorine ions embedded in a lattice of point charges representing the remainder of the crystal. The minimum excitation energy of LiF perturbed by the (anti)proton impurity is calculated employing the multiconfiguration self-consistent field method. The repulsive potential of the antiproton causes a dramatic local perturbation of the LiF band structure. We find a strong suppression of the excitation energy by more than an order of magnitude compared to that of the unperturbed crystal. The present results provide a simple explanation of recent stopping-power experiments for antiprotons in LiF which, surprisingly, found a "metal-like" behavior of the wide-band-gap insulator LiF. Our results also agree with recent experimental data indicating a deviation from metallic behavior of the stopping power of proton projectiles.
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/8262
10.1103/PhysRevB.79.125107

File(s) associated to this reference

Fulltext file(s):

FileCommentaryVersionSizeAccess
Open access
PhysRevB.79.125107.pdfPublisher postprint491.82 kBView/Open

Bookmark and Share SFX Query

All documents in ORBilu are protected by a user license.