Quantum capacitive coupling between large-angle twisted graphene layers

Alina Mreńca-Kolasińska, Peter Rickhaus, Giulia Zheng, Klaus Richter, Thomas Ihn, Klaus Ensslin, Ming Hao Liu

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Large-angle twisted bilayer graphene (tBLG) is known to be electronically decoupled due to the spatial separation of the Dirac cones corresponding to individual graphene layers in the reciprocal space. The close spacing between the layers causes strong capacitive coupling, opening possibilities for applications in atomically thin devices. Here, we present a self-consistent quantum capacitance model for the electrostatics of decoupled graphene layers, and further generalize it to deal with decoupled tBLG at finite magnetic field and large-angle twisted double bilayer graphene at zero magnetic field. We probe the capacitive coupling through the conductance, showing good agreement between simulations and experiments for all the systems considered. We also propose a new experiment utilizing the decoupling effect to induce a huge and tunable bandgap in bilayer graphene by applying a moderately low bias. Our model can be extended to systems composed of decoupled graphene multilayers as well as non-graphene systems, opening a new realm of quantum-capacitively coupled materials.

Original languageEnglish
Article number025013
Journal2D Materials
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Apr

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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