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Title: Electronic structures of C u 2 O , C u 4 O 3 , and CuO: A joint experimental and theoretical study

We present a joint experimental and theoretical study for the electronic structures of copper oxides including Cu 2O, CuO, and the metastable mixed-valence oxide Cu 4O 3. The optical band gap is determined by experimental optical absorption coefficient, and the electronic structure in valence and conduction bands is probed by photoemission and electron energy loss spectroscopies, respectively. Furthermore, we compare our experimental results with many-body GW calculations utilizing an additional on-site potential for d-orbital energies that facilitates tractable and predictive computations. The side-by-side comparison between the three oxides, including a band insulator (Cu2O) and two Mott/charge-transfer insulators (CuO, Cu 4O 3) leads to a consistent picture for the optical and band-structure properties of the Cu oxides, strongly supporting indirect band gaps of about 1.2 and 0.8 eV in CuO and Cu 4O 3, respectively. This comparison also points towards surface oxidation and reduction effects that can complicate the interpretation of the photoemission spectra.
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  1. Univ. of Lorraine, Nancy (France). Inst. of Jean Lamour
  2. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  3. Xiangtan Univ. (China). Dept. of Physics
  4. Saarland Univ., Saarbrucken (Germany). Dept. of Materials Science
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Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9950; TRN: US1701148
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review B
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 94; Journal Issue: 24; Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9950
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; photoemission; many body perturbation theory
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OSTI ID: 1335728