Structural and electronic properties of Li-intercalated graphene on SiC(0001)
2016 (English)In: Physical Review B: covering condensed matter and materials physics, ISSN 2469-9950, Vol. 93, no 19, 195421-1-195421-9 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
We investigate the structural and electronic properties of Li-intercalated monolayer graphene on SiC(0001) using combined angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and first-principles density functional theory. Li intercalates at room temperature both at the interface between the buffer layer and SiC and between the two carbon layers. The graphene is strongly n-doped due to charge transfer from the Li atoms and two pi bands are visible at the (K) over bar point. After heating the sample to 300 degrees C, these pi bands become sharp and have a distinctly different dispersion to that of Bernal-stacked bilayer graphene. We suggest that the Li atoms intercalate between the two carbon layers with an ordered structure, similar to that of bulk LiC6. An AA stacking of these two layers becomes energetically favourable. The pi bands around the (K) over bar point closely resemble the calculated band structure of a C6LiC6 system, where the intercalated Li atoms impose a superpotential on the graphene electronic structure that opens gaps at the Dirac points of the two pi cones.
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American Physical Society , 2016. Vol. 93, no 19, 195421-1-195421-9 p.
Condensed Matter Physics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-129161DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.93.195421ISI: 000376248200006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-129161DiVA: diva2:936037
Funding Agencies|Swedish Research Council (VR) [621-2011-4252, 621-2011-4426]; Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) program [10-0026]; European Union Seventh Framework Programme, Graphene Flagship ; Swedish Government Strategic Research Areas SeRC and in Materials Science on Functional Materials at Link oping University [2009 00971]; SRC VR Grant [621-2011-4249]; Linnaeus Environment at Linkoping on Nanoscale Functional Materials (LiLi-NFM) - VR; Grant of Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation [14.Y26.31.0005]; Tomsk State University Academic D. I. Mendeleev Fund Program [18.104.22.1685]2016-06-132016-06-132016-07-11Bibliographically approved