Volume 80, Number 6, December 2007
Article Number 67007
Number of page(s) 6
Section Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties
Published online 13 November 2007
EPL, 80 (2007) 67007
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/80/67007

Electron waves in chemically substituted graphene

N. M. R. Peres1, F. D. Klironomos2, S.-W. Tsai2, J. R. Santos1, J. M. B. Lopes dos Santos3 and A. H. Castro Neto4

1  Center of Physics and Departament of Physics, Universidade do Minho - P-4710-057, Braga, Portugal
2  Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California - Riverside, CA 92521, USA
3  CFP and Departamento de Física, Faculdade de Ciências Universidade de Porto - 4169-007 Porto, Portugal
4  Department of Physics, Boston University - 590 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, USA

received 29 August 2007; accepted in final form 21 October 2007; published December 2007
published online 13 November 2007

We present exact analytical and numerical results for the electronic spectra and the Friedel oscillations around a substitutional impurity atom in a graphene lattice. A chemical dopant in graphene introduces changes in the on-site potential as well as in the hopping amplitude. We employ a T-matrix formalism and find that disorder in the hopping introduces additional interference terms around the impurity that can be understood in terms of bound, semi-bound, and unbound processes for the Dirac electrons. These interference effects can be detected by scanning tunneling microscopy.

73.20.Hb - Impurity and defect levels; energy states of adsorbed species.
73.23.-b - Electronic transport in mesoscopic systems.
81.05.Uw - Carbon, diamond, graphite.

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