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Insensitivity of the striped charge orders in ${\mathrm{IrTe}}_{2}$ to alkali surface doping implies their structural origin

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  • Physical Review Materials. - 2021, vol. 5, no. 7, p. 074002
English We present a combined angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) study of the prominent transition metal dichalcogenide IrTe2 upon potassium (K) deposition on its surface. Pristine IrTe2 undergoes a series of charge-ordered phase transitions below room temperature that are characterized by the formation of stripes of Ir dimers of different periodicities. Supported by density functional theory calculations, we first show that the K atoms dope the topmost IrTe2 layer with electrons, therefore strongly decreasing the work function and shifting only the electronic surface states towards higher binding energy. We then follow the evolution of its electronic structure as a function of temperature across the charge- ordered phase transitions and observe that their critical temperatures are unchanged for K coverages of 0.13 and 0.21 monolayer. Using LEED we also confirm that the periodicity of the related stripe phases is unaffected by the K doping. We surmise that the charge-ordered phase transitions of IrTe2 are robust against electron surface doping, because of its metallic nature at all temperatures, and due to the importance of structural effects in stabilizing charge order in IrTe2.
Faculté des sciences et de médecine
Département de Physique
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