Low temperature growth of epitaxial graphene on SiC induced by carbon evaporation

Al-Temimy, A.; Riedl, C.; Starke, U.
December 2009
Applied Physics Letters;12/7/2009, Vol. 95 Issue 23, p231907
Academic Journal
Low temperature growth of epitaxial graphene on SiC is facilitated by carbon evaporation under ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) conditions. By counteracting the need for complete Si depletion as in the conventional sublimation method, monolayer graphene evolves at significantly lower temperatures by depositing additional carbon, so that a degradation of the initial SiC surface quality can be avoided. The original, well ordered terrace structure of SiC(0001) is preserved, the graphene layers grow on top and show the typical linear π-band dispersion. On SiC(0001) the graphene lattice is rotated by 30° in comparison to the conventional UHV preparation method.


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