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

Z. Stadnik, D. Purdie, M. Garnier, Y. Baer, A. P. Tsai, 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

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Condensed Matter Physics

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