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Optical properties of organically functionalized silicon surfaces: Uracil-like nucleobases on Si(001)

TitleOptical properties of organically functionalized silicon surfaces: Uracil-like nucleobases on Si(001)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsMolteni, E., Cappellini G., Onida G., & Fratesi G.
Abstract

We predict UV reflectance anisotropy spectra (RAS) of the organically functionalized silicon (001) surface covered by pyrimidinic uracil-like nucleobases. First-principles results based on density functional theory show characteristic spectral features appearing in the UV range between 3 and 7 eV, besides the expected quench in the well-known two-minima RAS signal of clean Si(001). Nucleobase adsorption in the energetically favored ``dimer bridge{''} configuration gives rise to a characteristic RAS line shape, common to thymine, uracil, and 5-fluorouracil. We trace back the origin of such spectral features by singling out RAS structures induced by relaxation and passivation effects on the Si surface, and those directly associated with molecular excitations. The former turn out to be the same for the three nucleobases, and are totally unaffected by molecular tilting. The sign and position of the latter RAS peaks at higher energy exhibit a moderate nucleobase dependence, and can be fully rationalized in terms of the molecular orbitals involved. The present theoretical results call for a RAS experimental study in the UV region extending up to similar or equal to 6-7 eV.

JournalPHYSICAL REVIEW B
Volume95
DOI10.1103/PhysRevB.95.075437
Date PublishedFEB 28
Type of ArticleArticle
Citation Key ISI:000395990800007