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©2013 American Physical Society
Abstract or Description
Low-energy reflectivity of electrons from single- and multi-layer graphene is examined both theoretically and experimentally. A series of minima in the reflectivity over the energy range of 0 – 8 eV are found, with the number of minima depending on the number of graphene layers. Using first-principles computations, it is demonstrated that a free standing n-layer graphene slab produces n 1 reflectivity minima. This same result is also found experimentally for graphene supported on SiO2. For graphene bonded onto other substrates it is argued that a similar series of reflectivity minima is expected, although in certain cases an additional minimum occurs, at an energy that depends on the graphene-substrate separation and the effective potential in that space.
Physical Review B, 87, 041406(R).