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Phys Rev Lett. 2004 Dec 10;93(24):247401. Epub 2004 Dec 7.

Influence of the atomic structure on the Raman spectra of graphite edges.

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Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, 30123-970 Belo Horizonte, Brazil.


A study of step edges in graphite with different atomic structures combining Raman spectroscopy and scanning probe microscopy is presented. The orientation of the carbon hexagons with respect to the edge axis, in the so-called armchair or zigzag arrangements, is distinguished spectroscopically by the intensity of a disorder-induced Raman peak. This effect is explained by applying the double resonance theory to a semi-infinite graphite crystal and by considering the one-dimensional character of the defect.

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