The dispersion of the electronic states of epitaxial graphene (Gr) depends significantly on the strength of the bonding with the underlying substrate. We report on empty electron states in cobalt-intercalated Gr grown on Ir(111), studied by angle-resolved inverse photoemission spectroscopy and x-ray absorption spectroscopy, complemented with density functional theory calculations. The weakly bonded Gr on Ir preserves the peculiar spectroscopic features of the Gr band structure, and the empty spectral densities are almost unperturbed. Upon intercalation of a Co layer, the electronic response of the interface changes, with an intermixing of the Gr π∗ bands and Co d states, which breaks the symmetry of π/σ states, and a downshift of the upper part of the Gr Dirac cone. Similarly, the image potential of Ir(111) is unaltered by the Gr layer, while a downward shift is induced upon Co intercalation, as unveiled by the image state energy dispersion mapped in a large region of the surface Brillouin zone.
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|Titolo:||Empty electron states in cobalt-intercalated graphene|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2020|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|