In order to explain the anisotropic Rashba-Bychkov effect observed in several metallic-surface-state systems, we use k•p perturbation theory with a simple group-theoretical analysis and construct effective Rashba Hamiltonians for different point groups up to third order in the wave number. We perform relativistic ab initio calculations for the (√3×√3)R30 ∞ Bi/Ag(111) surface alloy, and from the calculated splitting of the band dispersion we find evidence of the predicted third-order terms. Furthermore, we derive expressions for the corresponding third-order Rashba parameters to provide a simple explanation of the qualitative difference concerning the Rashba-Bychkov splitting of the surface states at Au(111) and Bi/Ag(111).
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 6 2012|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics