Condensed Matter Seminar Series

Defects and Ripples in Graphene

Luis L. Bonilla

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Friday April 27,  2:00pm,  Room 298,  Physics Building

Abstract: When the single layer of carbon atoms that form a suspended graphene sheet is observed, there are ripples on it.  Furthermore, the electron beam of the transmission electron microscope often creates defects in the honeycomb graphene lattice that evolve or disappear in seconds.  Both defects and ripples strongly affect the mechanical, electronic and optical properties of the material and understanding their origin and behavior is challenging.  We propose and study mesoscopic models of defects as cores of dislocations and dislocation pairs in a crystalline membrane. We use related stochastic models to understand ripples and relate our results to known experiments. 

Host: Stephen Teitsworth
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