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Add to Calendar 6/7/2019 10:00 am 6/7/2019 America/Chicago Condensed Matter Special Seminar: "Strain Modulated Superlattices in Graphene" DESCRIPTION:

The quest to create material systems with novel electronic states has led in many cases to the investigation of interfaces. The potential of merging different 2D materials via vertical or horizontal stacking to create van der Waals or lateral heterostructures seems limitless. Here we demonstrate an alternative approach to create 2D heterostructure superlattices. By periodically modulating extreme (>10%) strain in graphene sheets we effectively convert a continuous graphene sheet into a periodic array of lateral heterojunctions. Periodic strain modulation is achieved by draping the graphene sheet over copper step edges and forming nanoscale ripples analogous to those formed in a sheet of fabric pulled taut at its edges. This nanoscale strain modulation creates a periodic array of shorter C-C bond (dense) and longer C-C bond (rare) regions that essentially behave like two different materials. Akin to traditional superlattices, where novel electronic states are created at the interfaces, we find electronic states corresponding to intense interfacial pseudo-gauge fields on the order of 100 T and 107 V/m. We study these states by scanning tunneling microscopy, spectroscopy and atomistic first principle and model Hamiltonian calculations.

\n\nSPEAKER: Riju Banerjea, Penn State University
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Condensed Matter Special Seminar: "Strain Modulated Superlattices in Graphene"

Speaker Riju Banerjea, Penn State University
Date: 6/7/2019
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: 2008 MRL
Sponsor: Physics - Condensed Matter
Event Type: Seminar/Symposium
 

The quest to create material systems with novel electronic states has led in many cases to the investigation of interfaces. The potential of merging different 2D materials via vertical or horizontal stacking to create van der Waals or lateral heterostructures seems limitless. Here we demonstrate an alternative approach to create 2D heterostructure superlattices. By periodically modulating extreme (>10%) strain in graphene sheets we effectively convert a continuous graphene sheet into a periodic array of lateral heterojunctions. Periodic strain modulation is achieved by draping the graphene sheet over copper step edges and forming nanoscale ripples analogous to those formed in a sheet of fabric pulled taut at its edges. This nanoscale strain modulation creates a periodic array of shorter C-C bond (dense) and longer C-C bond (rare) regions that essentially behave like two different materials. Akin to traditional superlattices, where novel electronic states are created at the interfaces, we find electronic states corresponding to intense interfacial pseudo-gauge fields on the order of 100 T and 107 V/m. We study these states by scanning tunneling microscopy, spectroscopy and atomistic first principle and model Hamiltonian calculations.

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