Structured epitaxial graphene
Graphene is expected to be a very versatile material in electronic devices due to its high charge carrier mobility. However, a prerequisite for the usage of graphene e.g. in logic devices is the presence of a band gap, which is absent in large epitaxial layers of graphene. Up to date a number of possible approaches have been proposed to induce a band gap, e.g. by chemical doping or inducing spin-orbit interaction. One of the most promising routes towards introducing a band gap of graphene is confining graphene’s charge carriers into one-dimensional stripes, called graphene nanoribbons (GNRs). Due to its epitaxial single crystalline growth of graphene on SiC it is expected that the termination of the graphene edges in GNRs can be well controlled to the zig-zag or armchair geometry. Among which the latter plays a major role since graphene with armchair like atomic configuration at the edges is predicted to be semiconducting. The preparation of GNRs from extended graphene layers by means of lithography however, induces a huge amount of defects and as thus will not result in well-controlled semiconducting GNRs. In an early work (Stöhr 2017) we were able to grow graphene nanoribbons on a previously structured SiC (0001) substrate. During graphene growth, the sidewalls of the nanostructured SiC relax leading to facets on which ribbon-like graphene is present.
A. Stöhr, J. Baringhaus, J. Aprojanz, S. Link, C. Tegenkamp, Y. Niu, A. A. Zakharov, C. Chen, J. Avila, M. C. Asensio, and U. Starke, Ann. Phys. 529, 1700052 (2017). Graphene ribbon growth on structured silicon carbide.
J. Baringhaus, A. Stöhr, S. Forti, U. Starke, and C. Tegenkamp, Sci. Rep. 5, 9955 (2015). Ballistic bipolar junctions in chemically gated graphene ribbons.
J. Baringhaus, A. Stöhr, S. Forti, S. A. Krasnikov, A. A. Zakharov, U. Starke, and C. Tegenkamp, Appl. Phys. Lett., 104, 261602 (2014). Bipolar gating of epitaxial graphene by intercalation of Ge.