Approaching truly freestanding graphene: the structure of hydrogen-intercalated graphene on 6H-SiC(0001).

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We measure the adsorption height of hydrogen-intercalated quasifreestanding monolayer graphene on the (0001) face of 6H silicon carbide by the normal incidence x-ray standing wave technique. A density functional calculation for the full (6√3×6√3)-R30° unit cell, based on a van der Waals corrected exchange correlation functional, finds a purely physisorptive adsorption height in excellent agreement with experiments, a very low buckling of the graphene layer, a very homogeneous electron density at the interface, and the lowest known adsorption energy per atom for graphene on any substrate. A structural comparison to other graphenes suggests that hydrogen-intercalated graphene on 6H-SiC(0001) approaches ideal graphene.

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Cited Authors

  • Sforzini, J; Nemec, L; Denig, T; Stadtmüller, B; Lee, T-L; Kumpf, C; Soubatch, S; Starke, U; Rinke, P; Blum, V; Bocquet, FC; Tautz, FS

Published Date

  • March 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 114 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 106804 -

PubMed ID

  • 25815955

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1079-7114

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-9007

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/physrevlett.114.106804


  • eng