• Probing the Surface- and Interface-Sensitive Momentum-Resolved Electronic Structure of Advanced Quantum Materials and Interfaces

      Gray, Alexander X.; Xi, Xiaoxing; Riseborough, Peter; Strongin, Daniel R. (Temple University. Libraries, 2019)
      In this dissertation, we used a combination of synchrotron-based x-ray spectroscopic techniques such as angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES), soft x-ray ARPES, hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HAXPES), and soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) to investigate momentum-resolved and angle-integrated electronic structure of advanced three- and two-dimensional materials and interfaces. The results from the experiments were compared to several types of state-of-the-art first-principles theoretical calculations. In the first part of this dissertation we investigated the effects of spin excitons on the surface states of samarium hexaboride (SmB6), which has gained a lot of interest since it was proposed to be a candidate topological Kondo insulator. Here, we utilized high-resolution (overall resolution of approximately 3 meV) angle-resolved and angle-integrated valence-band photoemission measurements at cryogenic temperatures (1.2 K and 20 K) to show evidence for a V-shap