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20.11.2020

Gate-Tunable Two-Dimensional Superlattices in Graphene


R. Huber, M.-H. Liu, S.-C. Chen, M. Drienovsky, A. Sandner, K. Watanabe, T. Taniguchi, K. Richter,
D. Weiss, J. Eroms

Nano Letters

We report an efficient technique to induce gate-tunable two-dimensional superlattices in graphene by the combined action of a back gate and a few-layer graphene patterned bottom gate complementary to existing methods. The patterned gates in our approach can be easily fabricated and implemented in van der Waals stacking procedures, allowing flexible use of superlattices with arbitrary geometry. In transport measurements on a superlattice with a lattice constant a = 40 nm, well-pronounced satellite Dirac points and signatures of the Hofstadter butterfly including a nonmonotonic quantum Hall response are observed. Furthermore, the experimental results are accurately reproduced in transport simulations and show good agreement with features in the calculated band structure. Overall, we present a comprehensive picture of graphene-based superlattices, featuring a broad range of miniband effects, both in experiment and in theoretical modeling. The presented technique is suitable for studying more advanced geometries which are not accessible by other methods.

 

https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.nanolett.0c03021

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