Effective screening and the plasmaron bands in graphene

Andrew L. Walter, Aaron Bostwick, Ki Joon Jeon, Florian Speck, Markus Ostler, Thomas Seyller, Luca Moreschini, Young Jun Chang, Marco Polini, Reza Asgari, Allan H. MacDonald, Karsten Horn, Eli Rotenberg

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Electron-plasmon coupling in graphene has been shown recently to give rise to a "plasmaron" quasiparticle excitation. The strength of this coupling has been predicted to depend on the effective screening, which in turn is expected to depend on the dielectric environment of the graphene sheet. Here we compare the strength of environmental screening for graphene on four different substrates by evaluating the separation of the plasmaron bands from the hole bands using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. Comparison with G0W-random phase approximation predictions are used to determine the effective dielectric constant of the underlying substrate layer. We also show that plasmaron and electronic properties of graphene can be independently manipulated, an important aspect of a possible use in "plasmaronic" devices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number085410
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number8
StatePublished - 22 Aug 2011


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