The dispersion and the damping of the sheet plasmon in a graphene monolayer grown on Pt (111) have been studied by using angle-resolved electron energy loss spectroscopy. We found that the dispersion relation of the plasmon mode confined in the graphene sheet is linear, as a consequence of the screening by the metal substrate. Present results demonstrate that the presence of an underlying metal substrate could have striking consequences on the plasmon propagation even in the case of a system which exhibits a weak graphene-substrate interaction. Moreover, we found that Landau damping essentially occurs via interband excitations starting above the Fermi wave vector. On the contrary, intraband transitions do not have a significant influence on the collective mode.
American Physical Society
1 Jul 2011
Volume: 84 Issue: 3 Pages: 033401
Physical Review B