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Inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy at local defects in graphene
Stockholm University, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita).
2013 (English)In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 87, no 24, 245404- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We address local inelastic scattering from the vibrational impurity adsorbed onto graphene and the evolution of the local density of electron states near the impurity from a weak to strong coupling regime. For weak coupling the local electronic structure is distorted by inelastic scattering developing peaks or dips and steps. These features should be detectable in the inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy d(2)I/dV(2) using local probing techniques. Inelastic Friedel oscillations distort the spectral density at energies close to the inelastic mode. In the strong coupling limit, a local negative U center forms in the atoms surrounding the impurity site. For those atoms, the Dirac cone structure is fully destroyed, that is, the linear energy dispersion as well as the V-shaped local density of electron states is completely destroyed. We further consider the effects of the negative U formation and its evolution from weak to strong coupling. The negative U site effectively acts as a local impurity such that sharp resonances appear in the local electronic structure. The main resonances are caused by elastic scattering off the impurity site, and the features are dressed by the presence of vibrationally activated side resonances. Going from weak to strong coupling, changes the local electronic structure from being Dirac-cone-like including midgap states, to a fully destroyed Dirac cone with only the impurity resonances remaining.

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2013. Vol. 87, no 24, 245404- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-92280DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.87.245404ISI: 000319909600006OAI: diva2:638030
Swedish Research CouncilEU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme


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