We report scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) studies of Si substitutional donors (SiGa) in GaAs that reveal delocalized and localized electronic features corresponding to SiGa in the top few layers of the (110) cleavage surface. The delocalized features appear as protrusions a few nm in size, superimposed on the background lattice. These features are attributed to enhanced tunneling due to the local perturbation of the band bending by the Coulomb potential of subsurface SiGa. In contrast, STM images of surface SiGa show very localized electronic structures, in good agreement with a recent theoretical prediction [J. Wang et al., Phys. Rev. B 47, 10 329 (1993)].
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