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6 V, the excursion of U, is too small to reach the transition potential where the tip Fermi level crosses the Fermi level of n-Si. 7 V, electrons must tunnel through the space charge region, from the valence band into the conduction band, and then from the surface into the tip when Ut> Us (Fig. 16b). 25 V). Electrons tunnel out of the tip into the conduction band before crossing the thin space charge layer. No surface state is involved in observations: this is consistent with Fig. 11b. In this example the interpretation of results is fairly simple because surface states are not involved.

The coincidence between Up and Us stems from the “metallic-like” behavior of n-type Si by accumulation of electrons ( U , 0 V/Pd-H; the flat band of n-Si almost coincides with the rest potential of the electrode [92]). When U, is negative relative to Us, electrons tunnel from the tip into the conduction band of n-Si. 6 V, the excursion of U, is too small to reach the transition potential where the tip Fermi level crosses the Fermi level of n-Si. 7 V, electrons must tunnel through the space charge region, from the valence band into the conduction band, and then from the surface into the tip when Ut> Us (Fig.

13 is not always correct because Fig. 4 V. A rapid estimate of the local current shows that this should not be possible. In fact, excluding tunneling through the space charge layer (its thickness is 1000 A at this bias) electrons must first jump over the barrier (thermionic process) and then tunnel into the tip. The thermionic current is given by: - - ith = A * T’ eexp ( - e v b / k T ) (4) with A * the Richardson constant (- 8 A cm-’ T-’ for GaAs) and B the surface area from which electrons are collected before emission into the tip.

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