Planar tunneling measurements of the energy gap in biased bilayer graphene

Conor P. Puls, Ying Liu

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We present an analysis on the determination of the energy gap in biased bilayer graphene using tunneling measurements, report our experimental results obtained from planar tunneling spectroscopy, and compare them with those from electrical transport measurements. Bilayer graphene flakes were prepared by exfoliating from bulk graphite onto SiO2 thermally grown on a doped Si substrate. Due to the low carrier density of bilayer graphene, the Fermi level and electronic structure are expected to be highly sensitive to tunnel bias-induced charging, which is neglected in traditional tunnel junctions. We found that the tunneling signal generally exhibited a V-shaped tunneling conductance background that did not shift with back gate voltage, possibly due to a two-step tunneling process. We observed a tunable suppression in the tunneling conductance that follows theoretical predictions for a band gap in biased bilayer graphene. We explore the evolution of the band gap by tuning the electric field and charge carrier density produced by the tunneling bias and back gate, and compare experimental results with numerical simulations. Finally, we compare these findings with transport measurements of top- and bottom-gated bilayer graphene field effect transistors featuring similar gate dielectrics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number094510
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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