Two-dimensional graphene with structural defects: Elastic mean free path, minimum conductivity, and anderson transition

Aurélien Lherbier, Simon M.M. Dubois, Xavier Declerck, Stephan Roche, Yann Michel Niquet, Jean Christophe Charlier

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Abstract

Quantum transport properties of disordered graphene with structural defects (Stone-Wales and divacancies) are investigated using a realistic π-π* tight-binding model elaborated from ab initio calculations. Mean free paths and semiclassical conductivities are then computed as a function of the nature and density of defects (using an order-N real-space Kubo-Greenwood method). By increasing the defect density, the decay of the semiclassical conductivities is predicted to saturate to a minimum value of 4e2/πh over a large range (plateau) of carrier density (>0. 5×1014cm-2). Additionally, strong contributions of quantum interferences suggest that the Anderson localization regime could be experimentally measurable for a defect density as low as 1%. © 2011 American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Article number046803
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume106
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2011

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