Effect of irradiation with argon ions on elastic scattering of spin-polarized electrons from W(110) surface

S. Dhal, Santiram Chatterjee, Sergey Samarin, James Williams, F. Giebels, H. Gollisch, R. Feder

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    © 2015 Taylor & Francis. The energy and azimuthal angle dependencies of the asymmetry of spin-polarized low-energy electrons ((00) beam) elastically scattered from a W(110) surface, have been studied before and after irradiated with slow Ar+ ions with energies of 200 eV, 500 eV and 1 keV at a fluence of 5 × 1015 ions/cm2. The energy dependence of the scattered electron asymmetries and intensities (for a fixed azimuthal angle of 55°, which is determined by the angle between the normal to the scattering plane and the [] direction in the surface of the W(110) crystal) and the azimuthal angle dependence of the asymmetry for two different incident electron energies of 14 eV and 23 eV showed a significant change after irradiation. The low-energy ion irradiation influenced the spin-polarized electron scattering more than the higher energy ions. The reason for the change of spin-dependent electron scattering is a quenching of coherent elastic multiple scattering, mainly due to lattice defects induced by implanted ions. Thus, these modifications demonstrate a technological way to construct spin-active interface with required properties. The agreement between experimental results and theoretical ones with and without multiple scattering provides a consistent explanation of the observations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)144-151
    JournalRadiation Effects and Defects in Solids
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015

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