Tunable spin polarization in bismuth ultrathin film on Si(111)

Akari Takayama*, Takafumi Sato, Seigo Souma, Tamio Oguchi, Takashi Takahashi

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We performed a spin- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy of bismuth ultrathin film on Si(111) with various film thickness d. We found that the spin polarization of spin-split Rashba surface states near the Brillouin-zone boundary, which is high (0.7) at d = 40 BL (bilayers), is gradually reduced on decreasing d and almost vanishes at d = 8 BL. This finding provides a novel method to generate spin-polarized electrons with tunable spin-polarization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1776-1779
Number of pages4
JournalNano Letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Apr 11
Externally publishedYes


  • Rashba metal
  • Spintronics
  • bismuth
  • photoemission spectroscopy
  • spin-orbit coupling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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