Prediction of electronic surface states in layered materials: Graphite

M. Posternak, A. Baldereschi, Arthur J Freeman, E. Wimmer

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Thin graphite films consisting of up to 25 atomic layers are studied with self-consistent local-density all-electron theory and model-potential calculations. Unoccupied surface states confined in the direction of the c axis are predicted at 3.8 eV above the Fermi energy. They are split off from the bulk free-electron interlayer band. These results provide a convincing interpretation of the surface states found in recent inverse photoemission experiments by Fauster et al.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)863-866
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1984


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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