Revealing anisotropic strain in exfoliated graphene by polarized Raman spectroscopy

Cheng Wen Huang, Ren Jye Shiue, Hsiang Chen Chui, Wei Hua Wang, Juen Kai Wang, Yonhua Tzeng, Chih Yi Liu

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We report on a polarized Raman study on mechanically cleaved single-layer graphene films. Under a specific orientation of scattering measurement, the width and position of the G peak change with the incident polarization direction, while the integrated intensity of that is unaltered. This phenomenon is explained by a proposed mode in which the peak is contributed by a mixture of un-, compressive-, and tensile-strained G sub-modes. The compression and tension are both uniaxial and approximately perpendicular to each other. They are undesigned and located in either separated or overlapped sub-areas within the probed local region. Compared to the unstrained wavenumber of 1580 cm -1, compression induces a blue shift while tension causes a red one. The sub-modes correlated with the light polarization through different relationships split the G peak into three sub-ones. We develop a method to quantitatively analyze the positions, widths, intensities, and polarization dependences of sub-peaks. This analysis quantitatively reveals local strain, which changes with the detected area of a graphene film. The method presented here can be extended to detect the strain distribution in the film and thus is a promising technology for graphene characterization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9626-9632
Number of pages7
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Oct 21

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  • Materials Science(all)


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