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Title: Berkeley Lab Scientists Control Light Scattering In Graphene
URL: http://newscenter.lbl.gov/news-releases/2011/03/16/control-scattering-
graphene/
Date: 03/16/2011
Publication: Berkeley Lab News Center
Editor: Paul Preuss
Extended Text:

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California at Berkeley have learned to control the quantum pathways determining how light scatters in graphene. Controlled scattering provides a new tool for the study of this unique material – graphene is a single sheet of carbon just one atom thick – and may point to practical applications for controlling light and electronic states in graphene nanodevices.

The research team, led by Feng Wang of Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division, made the first direct observation, in graphene, of so-called quantum interference in Raman scattering. Raman scattering is a form of “inelastic” light scattering. Unlike elastic scattering, in which the scattered light has the same color (the same energy) as the incident light, inelastically scattered light either loses energy or gains it.