New publication in ASC Nano

Date of news: 14 March 2022

Creating Tunable Quantum Corrals on a Rashba Surface Alloy

Artificial lattices derived from assembled atoms on a surface using scanning tunneling microscopy present a platform to create matter with tailored electronic, magnetic, and topological properties. However, artificial lattice studies to date have focused exclusively on surfaces with weak spin–orbit coupling. Here, we illustrate the creation and characterization of quantum corrals from iron atoms on the prototypical Rashba surface alloy BiCu2, using low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. We observe very complex interference patterns that result from the interplay of the size of the confinement potential, the intricate multiband scattering, and hexagonal warping from the underlying band structure. On the basis of a particle-in-a-box model that accounts for the observed multiband scattering, we qualitatively link the resultant confined wave functions with the contributions of the various scattering channels. On the basis of these results, we studied the coupling of two quantum corrals and the effect of the underlying warping toward the creation of artificial dimer states. This platform may provide a perspective toward the creation of correlated artificial lattices with nontrivial topology.