Resonant Photoemission Spectroscopy/Diffraction

Characterisation Installation 5
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Photoelectron Diffraction (PED) is a structural technique that probes the local atomic arrangement around a chemically selected emitter. On the other hand Resonant photoemission (RESPES) is a spectroscopic technique that provides insight into the contributions of different atomic species to the electronic states in the valence/conduction region, thus allowing to attribute a line component to one or another element in a complex system.

The combination of these two techniques can provide information not only on the electronic properties, but also on the order of the desired components. In addition, the resonance condition enhances the intensity of the specific spectral line thus permitting the measurement of full angular PED patterns also on spectral features that would be normally too faint for a reliable detection with respect to the background of secondary electrons. The latter specific advantage can be exploited not only to enhance the valence band signal, whose photoemission cross-section drops quickly at the photon energy (hence electron kinetic energy) required for an useful PED study, but also to enhance the Auger transitions at the corresponding ionization edge, as may be required in the case of a low coverage of the selected atomic species, or in the case of searching specific electronic effects.

At variance with conventional PED, the photoemission at the resonance of selected ionization thresholds cannot be performed with a standard X-ray lamp, and the fine tuning of the photon energy provided by a Synchrotron radiation source is necessary.

          provided at Large Scale Facilities by:

ARPES, XPD - PEARL Beamline @ Swiss Light Source Synchrotron

The PEARL (Photoemission and atomic resolution laboratory) beamline is dedicated to the structural characterisation of local bonding geometry of molecular adsorbates on metal or semiconductor surfaces, of nanostructured surfaces, and of surfaces of complex materials. It is a soft X-ray beamline with an angle-resolved photoelectron spectrometer for angle-scanned and photon energy-scanned X-ray photoelectron diffraction (XPD)

Bending magnet, linear horizontal, partial circular left/right, flux on sample at 1 keV: 2x1011ph/s, spot size: 170μm H x 73μm V, FWHM,  1mm x1mm

60 - 2000 eV

Scienta EW4000 detector

Up to 7000 at 400 eV (E/ΔE)

6-axis Carving manipulator

Temperatures down to 30K, heating to 650 K


In-situ sample preparation, cooling-heating, LEED, load-loack

STM at temperature of 4K


XPD/RESPES/RESPED - BACH Beamline @ Elettra Synchrotron

Energy or angle dependent photoelectron diffraction, including resonant photoelectron diffraction

Elettra synchrotron, Apple II undulators; variable polarization (horizontal, vertical, circular ±); beam size on the sample 350x350 (HxV, µm2), vertical size can be reduced on request, flux on sample @10 µm slits (best resolution) (ph./s)   2x1012 - 6x1010; resolving power (E/ΔE): 20000 @44eV  -5000 (@1650eV)

35/44 eV - 1650 eV

ScientaR3000 (2D detector with slit perpendicular to the scattering plane, electrons or Auger)

spectral <0.1 eV

x, y, z, θ

Many samples can be accommodated in a 30x30 mm2 area; sample size: 0.5 mm-28 mm; measurement: 40/50K- 500 K; preparation: 40/50K-1200 K


10-10 mbar, magnetic field in remanence, laser and electric field on request

Heating and cooling  (ebeam, direct current, PBN), ion gun (VG), 4 evaporator ports (CF40), gas inlet valve (variable leak valve), diamond file scraper, cleaver, LEED (OciLEED); evaporators for organic molecules; e-beam evaporator (Omicron) for metals (evaporation at low sample temperatures is also possible); load lock

XAS in fluorescence and electron yield, ARPES