Scanning tunnelling microscopy and spectroscopy of ultra-flat graphene on hexagonal boron nitride
Author(s)Xue, Jiamin; Sanchez-Yamagishi, Javier; Bulmash, Daniel S.; Jacquod, Philippe; Deshpande, Aparna; Watanabe, K.; Taniguchi, T.; Jarillo-Herrero, Pablo; LeRoy, Brian J.; ... Show more Show less
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Graphene has demonstrated great promise for future electronics technology as well as fundamental physics applications because of its linear energy–momentum dispersion relations which cross at the Dirac point1, 2. However, accessing the physics of the low-density region at the Dirac point has been difficult because of disorder that leaves the graphene with local microscopic electron and hole puddles3, 4, 5. Efforts have been made to reduce the disorder by suspending graphene, leading to fabrication challenges and delicate devices which make local spectroscopic measurements difficult6, 7. Recently, it has been shown that placing graphene on hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) yields improved device performance8. Here we use scanning tunnelling microscopy to show that graphene conforms to hBN, as evidenced by the presence of Moiré patterns. However, contrary to predictions9, 10, this conformation does not lead to a sizeable band gap because of the misalignment of the lattices. Moreover, local spectroscopy measurements demonstrate that the electron–hole charge fluctuations are reduced by two orders of magnitude as compared with those on silicon oxide. This leads to charge fluctuations that are as small as in suspended graphene6, opening up Dirac point physics to more diverse experiments.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics
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Xue, Jiamin et al. “Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy and Spectroscopy of Ultra-flat Graphene on Hexagonal Boron Nitride.” Nature Materials 10.4 (2011): 282–285. Web.
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