Bilayer Graphene

Breaking down graphene degeneracy

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Science  04 Jul 2014:
Vol. 345, Issue 6192, pp. 42-43
DOI: 10.1126/science.345.6192.42-g

Bilayer graphene has two layers of hexagonally arranged carbon atoms stacked on top of each other in a staggered configuration. This spatial arrangement results in degenerate electronic states: distinct states that have the same energy. Interaction between electrons can cause the states to separate in energy, and so can external fields (see the Perspective by LeRoy and Yankowitz). Kou et al., Lee et al., and Maher et al. used three distinct experimental setups that clarify different parameter regimes of bilayer graphene.

Science, this issue p. 55, p. 58, p. 61; see also p. 31

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