Structural properties and dielectric function of graphene grown by high-temperature sublimation on 4H-SiC(000-1)

C. Bouhafs, V. Darakchieva, I. L. Persson, A. Tiberj, P. O.Å. Persson, M. Paillet, A. A. Zahab, P. Landois, S. Juillaguet, S. Schöche, M. Schubert, R. Yakimova

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Understanding and controlling growth of graphene on the carbon face (C-face) of SiC presents a significant challenge. In this work, we study the structural, vibrational, and dielectric function properties of graphene grown on the C-face of 4H-SiC by high-temperature sublimation in an argon atmosphere. The effect of growth temperature on the graphene number of layers and crystallite size is investigated and discussed in relation to graphene coverage and thickness homogeneity. An amorphous carbon layer at the interface between SiC and the graphene is identified, and its evolution with growth temperature is established. Atomic force microscopy, micro-Raman scattering spectroscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry, and high-resolution cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy are combined to determine and correlate thickness, stacking order, dielectric function, and interface properties of graphene. The role of surface defects and growth temperature on the graphene growth mechanism and stacking is discussed, and a conclusion about the critical factors to achieve decoupled graphene layers is drawn.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number085701
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Feb 28 2015
Externally publishedYes

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