Formalism of collective electron excitations in fullerenes

  • A. VerkhovtsevEmail author
  • A.V. Korol
  • A.V. Solov’yov
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A formalism for the description of collective electron excitations in fullerenes by inelastic scattering of fast electrons within the plasmon resonance approximation is presented. Considering the system as a spherical shell of a finite width, we show that the differential cross section is defined by three plasmon excitations, namely two coupled modes of the surface plasmon and the volume plasmon. The interplay of the three plasmons appears due to the electron diffraction of the fullerene shell. Plasmon modes of different angular momenta provide dominating contributions to the differential cross section depending on the transferred momentum.


Topical issue: Atomic Cluster Collisions. Guest editors: Andrey V. Solov’yov and Andrey V. Korol 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Goethe-UniversitätFrankfurt am MainGermany
  2. 2.St. Petersburg State Polytechnic UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia

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