PhD Dissertation Defense by Yuntao Li

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    • Monday February 29, 2016 - Tuesday March 1, 2016
      11:00 am - 12:59 pm
  • Location: N110 Howey Physics Building
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Summary Sentence: Nanostructured Graphene on SiC and Its Electronic Properties

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Thesis Advisor: Dr. Phillip N. First 

Committee: Dr. Phillip N. First, Dr. Edward H. Conrad, Dr. Zhigang Jiang, Dr. Thomas Orlando, Dr. Markus E. Kindermann

Title: Nanostructured Graphene on SiC and Its Electronic Properties


Graphene nanostructures directly grown on SiC are appealing for their potential application to nano-scale electronic devices. In particular, epitaxial sidewall graphene nanoribbons have been a promising candidate in ballistic transport and band gap engineering. In this thesis We utilize both nano-lithography and natural step bunching to control the step morphology of the SiC(0001) surface in order to guide the growth of graphene which initiates at step edges, and study their respective characteristics. With scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy (STM/STS), we explore the local atomic and electronic structures of the graphene nanoribbons. It is found that nanoribbon formation depends critically on nanofacet orientation, nanofacet density and growth conditions. Significant electronic density-of-states features, resolved by STS, are determined by the different nanoribbon configurations. Experimental results are compared to Molecular Dynamics simulations to better understand the origin of the discrete electronic states.

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