Quasiperiodic layers of free-electron metals studied using electron diffraction

Using electron diffraction, we show that free-electron metals, such as sodium and potassium, form a highly regular quasiperiodic monolayer on the fivefold surface of icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn and that the quasiperiodicity propagates up to the second layer in sodium. Our photoelectron spectroscopy results show that the quasicrystalline alkali-metal adlayer does… (More)