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Electric field tunable superconductivity in alternating twist magic-angle trilayer graphene

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Science  04 Feb 2021:
eabg0399
DOI: 10.1126/science.abg0399

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Abstract

Engineering moiré superlattices by twisting layers in van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures has uncovered a wide array of quantum phenomena. Here, we construct a vdW heterostructure consisting of three graphene layers stacked with alternating twist angles ±θ. At the average twist angle θ ~ 1.56°, a theoretically predicted magic angle for the formation of flat electron bands, we observed displacement field tunable superconductivity with a maximum critical temperature of 2.1 K. By tuning the doping level and displacement field, we find that superconducting regimes occur in conjunction with flavor polarization of moiré bands and are bounded by a van Hove singularity (vHS) at high displacement fields. Our findings display inconsistencies with a weak coupling description, suggesting that the observed moiré superconductivity has an unconventional nature.

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