Surface potential variations in graphene induced by nanostructured crystalline ionic substrates

Gavin J. Jones, Asieh Kazemi, Simon Crampin, Mick Philips, Adelina Ilie

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Abstract

We used electrostatic force and Kelvin probe microscopies to investigate few-layer graphene (FLG) domains on top of ionic crystals. Step edges, pits, and protrusions within the ionic surface create sizeable and local perturbations of the surface potential of graphene overlayers. These were within the eV range in FLG with up to three layers, and become considerably screened in thicker layers. Engineering such nanostructures in a regular manner can allow the bottom-up creation of on-sheet p-n junctions and superlattices that exploit the Dirac nature of carriers in graphene, and provide a test bed for studying local screening.
Original languageEnglish
Article number045103
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Express
Volume5
Issue number4
Early online date10 Apr 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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