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Effects of extrinsic and intrinsic perturbations on the electronic structure of graphene: Retaining an effective primitive cell band structure by band unfolding
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Computational Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Computational Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Computational Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2014 (English)In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 89, no 4, 041407-1-041407-4 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We use a band unfolding technique to recover an effective primitive cell picture of the band structure of graphene under the influence of different types of perturbations. This involves intrinsic perturbations, such as structural defects, and external ones, comprising nitrogen substitutions and the inclusion of graphene in adsorbed systems. In such cases, the band unfolding provides a reliable and efficient tool for quantitatively analyzing the effect of doping and defects on the electronic structure of graphene. We envision that this approach will become a standard method in the computational analysis of graphene's electronic structure in related systems.

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American Physical Society , 2014. Vol. 89, no 4, 041407-1-041407-4 p.
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Condensed Matter Physics Physical Chemistry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-103755DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.89.041407ISI: 000332243600001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-103755DiVA: diva2:691038
Available from: 2014-01-26 Created: 2014-01-26 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
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1. Electronic properties of complex interfaces and nanostructures
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2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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This thesis investigates the structural and electronic properties of graphene, polyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) molecules, and other carbon-based materials, when interacting with metallic surfaces, as well as under the influence of different types of perturbations. Density functional theory, incorporating van der Waals interactions, has been employed.

PAH molecules can, with gradual accuracy, be considered as approximations to an infinite graphene layer. A method to estimate the contributions to the binding energies and net charge transfers from different types of carbon atoms and CH groups in graphene- and PAH-metal systems has been generalized. In this extended method, the number and the nature of the functional groups is determined using a first-principles approach, rather than intuitively or through empirical considerations. Relationships between charge transfers, interface dipole moments and work functions in such systems are explored.

Although the electronic structure of physisorbed graphene keeps most of the features of freestanding graphene, the use of large supercells in calculations makes it difficult to resolve the changes introduced in the band structures of such materials. In this thesis, this was the initial motivation for the development of a method to perform the Brillouin zone unfolding of band structures. This method, as initially developed, is shown to be of general use for any periodic structure, and is even further generalized – through the introduction of the unfolding density operator – to tackle the unfolding of the eigenvalues of any arbitrary operator, with  both scalar as well as spinor eigenstates.

A combined experimental and theoretical investigation of the self-assembly of a binary mixture of 4,9-diaminoperylene-quinone-3,10-diimine (DPDI) and 3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylic acid dianhydride (PTCDA) molecules on Ag(111) is presented. The DFT calculations performed here allow for the investigation of the interplay between molecule-molecule and molecule-surface interactions in the network.

Besides the main results mentioned above, this thesis also incorporates a study of silicon-metal nanostructures, as well as an investigation of the use of hybrid graphene-graphane structures as prototypes for atomically precise design in nanoelectronics.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2015. 80 p.
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Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1668
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Physical Sciences Condensed Matter Physics Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-117848 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-117848 (DOI)978-91-7519-066-2 (ISBN)
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2015-06-05, Nobel, Hus B, Campus Valla, Linköping, 09:00 (English)
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Available from: 2015-05-11 Created: 2015-05-11 Last updated: 2015-05-12Bibliographically approved

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