Electronic structure of quasicrystals studied by ultrahigh-energy-resolution photoemission spectroscopy

Z. Stadnik, D. Purdie, M. Garnier, Y. Baer, Ampo Sai, A. Inoue, K. Edagawa, S. Takeuchi, K. H.J. Buschow

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Abstract

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10938-10951
Number of pages14
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume55
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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    Stadnik, Z., Purdie, D., Garnier, M., Baer, Y., Sai, A., Inoue, A., Edagawa, K., Takeuchi, S., & Buschow, K. H. J. (1997). Electronic structure of quasicrystals studied by ultrahigh-energy-resolution photoemission spectroscopy. Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 55(16), 10938-10951. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.55.10938