Photoemission and x-ray absorption study of superconducting and semiconducting Ba1-xKxBiO3 single crystals

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Semiconducting Ba0.9K0.1BiO3 and superconducting Ba0.6K0.4BiO3 single crystals cleaved in situ have been studied by core level and valence band photoelectron spectroscopy and O K edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy. It was found that the general shape of the valence band spectrum agrees with the shape predicted by band structure calculations, but the intensity near the Fermi level was lower in the experimental spectrum as compared to the calculated. The O K edge spectra showed that the metallic phase is not related to the presence of doping inducted O 2p holes. This property of Ba1-xKxBiO3 shows that the semiconductor-metal transition of this system is of a different nature than that of the hole doped cuprate high-Tc superconductors. The core level photoemission spectra of the cations showed a small asymmetry for Ba0.9K0.1BiO3. Corresponding spectra for Ba0.6K0.4BiO3 showed a larger asymmetry resulting in a resolved high binding energy shoulder in the Bi 4f spectrum. The origin of this feature is discussed.


  • M. Qvarford
  • V. G. Nazin
  • A. A. Zakharov
  • M. N. Mikheeva
  • J. N. Andersen
  • Mikael Johansson
  • G. Chiaia
  • T. Rogelet
  • S. Söderholm
  • O. Tjernberg
  • H. Nylén
  • I. Lindau
  • R. Nyholm
  • U. O. Karlsson
  • S. N. Barilo
  • S. V. Shiryaev
External organisations
  • Russian Research Center 'Kurchatov Institute'
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Lund University
  • Institute of Solid State Physics and Semiconductors, Belarus
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  • Condensed Matter Physics
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6700-6707
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review B (Condensed Matter)
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Sep 1
Publication categoryResearch