Plasmons in icosahedral quasicrystals: An EELS investigation
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We present the results of an electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) investigation of the icosahedral quasicrystals i-Al-Cu-Fe, i-Al-Pd-Mn and i-Al-Pd-Re. The spectra of the three systems studied are very similar. Their main contribution comes from a broad plasmon like peak, which can be interpreted as an “s-p" electron plasmon damped by “d" electron interband transitions. We show that it is similar to those found in other simple crystalline aluminum-transition metal alloys, so that no specificity related to the quasicrystalline order of the alloys dominates.
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