Physical Review B - CMMP

Decoupling graphene from SiC(0001) via oxidation

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When epitaxial graphene layers are formed on SiC(0001), the first carbon layer (known as the "buffer layer"), while relatively easy to synthesize, does not have the desirable electrical properties of graphene. The conductivity is poor due to a disruption of the graphene π bands by covalent bonding to the SiC substrate. Here we show that it is possible to restore the graphene π bands by inserting a thin oxide layer between the buffer layer and SiC substrate using a low temperature, complementary metal-oxide semiconductor-compatible process that does not damage the graphene layer. © 2010 The American Physical Society.