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Renormalization of the graphene dispersion velocity determined from scanning tunneling spectroscopy

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Author(s)

Joseph A. Stroscio, Jungseok Chae, Nikolai B. Zhitenev, Suyong Jung, Andrea F. Young, Cory Dean, Yuanda Gao, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, James Hone, Kenneth L. Shepard, Philip Kim, Lei Wang

Abstract

In most metals, electrons behave as non-interacting quasiparticles with renormalized dynamical properties in the presence of electron interactions. Historically, many measurements are capable to probe the effect of interactions at the Fermi energy. Graphene, with its carriers being exposed at the surface and the continuous tunability of carriers from electrons to holes, offers a unique opportunity to examine interaction physics at arbitrary energies over a broad range of density, and on a local scale. Here we show that in the presence of interactions, the graphene energy dispersion remains linear as a function of excitation energy and can be described by a momentum independent dispersion velocity for any measured density. However, the measured dispersion velocity is density dependent, and strongly increases as the charge neutrality point is approached. The preservation of the linear spectrum with the renormalization of the dispersion velocity with density reveals a squeezing of the Dirac cone angle due to electron interactions at low densities.
Citation
Physical Review Letters
Volume
109
Issue
11

Keywords

graphene, velocity, scanning tunneling microscopy, scanning tunneling spectroscopy
Created September 11, 2012, Updated November 10, 2018