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Graphène : molécules et transport

Graphène : Etudes à l’échelle atomique


Leader : Andrew Mayne

Participants : Gérald Dujardin

Student : Mali Zhao

Past Contributors : Geneviève Comtet & Heejun Yang

STM topography and I(V), I(Z) and Z(V) spectroscopies are used to study the atomic-scale structural, electronic and electron transport properties of graphene epitaxially grown on SiC substrates. STM is also used to investigate self-assembling and reactivity of molecules on graphene with the aim to locally modify the electronic properties of graphene.

Techniques : Room temperature STM - STS, UHV, molecular deposition


Measuring the flatness of graphene with fast atoms. We present a grazing incidence fast atom diffraction (GIFAD) study of monolayer graphene on 6H-SiC(0001). This system shows a Moiré-like 13x13 superlattice above the reconstructed carbon buffer layer. The averaging property of GIFAD results in electronic and geometric corrugations that are well decoupled ; the graphene honeycomb corrugation is only observed with the incident beam parallel to the zigzag direction while the geometric corrugation arising from the superlattice is revealed along the armchair direction. Full-quantum calculations of the diffraction patterns show the very high GIFAD sensitivity to the amplitude of the surface corrugation. The best agreement between the calculated and measured diffraction intensities yields a corrugation height of 0.27A +- 0.03A .

article : A. Zugarramurdi, M. Debiossac, P. Lunca-Popa, A. J. Mayne, A. Momeni, A. G. Borisov, Z. Mu, P. Roncin, H. Khemliche, "Determination of the geometric corrugation of graphene on SiC(0001) by grazing incidence fast atom diffraction", Appl. Phys. Lett. 106, 101902 (2015)

Fluorescence Lifetime and Blinking of Individual Semiconductor Nanocrystals on Graphene. A new class of optoelectronic nanodevices consisting of 0D semiconductor nanocrystals and 2D single graphene layers may be used to investigate and control the transfer of energy and charge in low-dimensional systems. The fluorescence dynamics of individual colloidal quantum dots (QDs) on graphene are investigated on both the nanosecond time scale (fluorescence lifetime) and the 1−100 s time scale (blinking statistics). We find that (i) a nonradiative energy transfer rate of ≈5 × 10+8 s−1 from the reduced lifetimes of QDs on graphene ; (ii) QDs still exhibit fluorescence intermittency (“blinking”) on graphene ; (iii) QD coupling to graphene increases the “on” state residence time ; and (iv) the QD fluorescence emission spectrum is unaltered by the QD−graphene coupling.

article : B. Rogez, H. Yang, E. Le Moal, S. Lévêque-Fort, E. Boer-Duchemin, F. Yao, Y.-H. Lee, Y. Zhang, D. Wegner, N. Hildebrandt, A. Mayne, G. Dujardin, “Fluorescence lifetime and blinking of individual semiconductor nanocrystals on graphene”, J. Phys. Chem. C 118, 18445 (2014)

Atomic-scale observation of ballistic electrons on graphene. We present scanning tunneling microscopy manipulation experiments on epitaxial graphene and the carbon buffer layer grown on hexagonal silicon carbide. Low voltage pulses applied to the graphene layer with the microscope tip induce nonlocal modifications of a bare carbon buffer region 10 nm away. The graphene itself is not affected. This is direct evidence for ballistic hot electrons propagating along the graphene layer to the graphene edge. High energy states in the graphene band structure (Van Hove Singularities) may explain both the electron transport and the coupling of the graphene edge to the adjacent bare carbon buffer region.

article : H. Yang, C. Cejas, A.J. Mayne, G. Dujardin, Y. Kuk, "Manipulation at a distance : Atomic scale observation of ballistic electron transport in single layer graphene", Appl. Phys. Lett. 102, 223104 (2013)

STM observation of molecule-induced band gap opening in single layer graphene Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM), Spectroscopy (STS), and manipulation studies were performed on an ordered self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of N,N’-bis(1-hexylheptyl)perylene-3,4:9,10-bis(dicarboximide) molecules on epitaxial graphene on hexagonal silicon carbide – SiC(0001). Four novel aspects of the molecular SAM on graphene are presented. Molecules adsorb in both armchair and zig-zag configurations, giving rise to six orientations of the molecular layer with respect to the underlying substrate. The interaction between the molecules and the graphene surface shifts the LUMO towards the Fermi Level, inducing a charge transfer and the opening of a band gap in the graphene, with the LUMO inside. This decouples the LUMO from the surface rendering it is invisible in the dI/dV spectroscopy. The HOMO only becomes visible at short tip-surface distances, as its energy lies within the band gap of the SiC substrate. Finally, the observed molecular defects are very particular, being composed exclusively of molecular dimers. These molecular dimers have a stronger interaction with the graphene than other molecules.

Article : H. Yang, A.J. Mayne, G. Comtet, G. Dujardin, Y. Kuk, L. Stauffer, Ph. Sonnet, S. Nagarajan, A. Gourdon, "STM imaging, spectroscopy & manipulation of a self-assembled PTCDI monolayer on epitaxial graphene", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 15, 4939 (2013)

Quantum Interference Channeling at Graphene Edges. Electron scattering at graphene edges is expected to make a crucial contribution to the electron transport in graphene nanodevices by producing quantum interferences. Atomic-scale scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) topographies of different edge structures of monolayer graphene show that the localization of the electronic density of states along the C-C bonds, a property unique to monolayer graphene, results in quantum interference patterns along the graphene carbon bond network, whose shapes depend only on the edge structure and not on the electron energy.

Article : H. Yang, A.J. Mayne, M. Boucherit, G. Comtet, G. Dujardin, Y. Kuk, "Quantum Interference Channeling at Graphene Edges", Nano Letters 10, 943 (2010)