Selected Publications

Out-of-plane corrugations in graphene based van der Waals heterostructures

Simon Zihlmann, Péter Makk, Mirko K. Rehmann, Lujun Wang, Máté Kedves, David I. Indolese, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, Dominik M. Zumbühl, Christian Schönenberger

Two-dimensional (2D) materials are usually envisioned as flat, truly 2D layers. However out-of-plane corrugations are inevitably present in these materials. In this paper, we show that graphene flakes encapsulated between insulating crystals (hexagonal boron nitride, WSe2), although having large mobilities, surprisingly contain out-of-plane corrugations. The height fluctuations of these corrugations are revealed using weak-localization measurements in the presence of a static in-plane magnetic field. Due to the random out-of-plane corrugations, the in-plane magnetic field results in a random out-of-plane component to the local graphene plane, which leads to a substantial decrease of the phase coherence time. Atomic force microscope measurements also confirm a long-range height modulation present in these crystals. Our results suggest that phase coherent transport experiments relying on purely in-plane magnetic fields in van der Waals heterostructures have to be taken with serious care.

Phys. Rev. B 102, 195404 (2020)

doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.102.195404