Title

Inhomogenous Electronic Structure, Transport Gap, and Percolation Threshold in Disordered Bilayer Graphene

Document Type

Article

Department/Program

Physics

Journal Title

Physical Review Letters

Pub Date

2011

Volume

107

Issue

15

Abstract

The inhomogenous real-space electronic structure of gapless and gapped disordered bilayer graphene is calculated in the presence of quenched charge impurities. For gapped bilayer graphene, we find that for current experimental conditions the amplitude of the fluctuations of the screened disorder potential is of the order of (or often larger than) the intrinsic gap Delta induced by the application of a perpendicular electric field. We calculate the crossover chemical potential Delta(cr), separating the insulating regime from a percolative regime in which less than half of the area of the bilayer graphene sample is insulating. We find that most of the current experiments are in the percolative regime with Delta(cr) < < Delta. The huge suppression of Delta(cr) compared with Delta provides a possible explanation for the large difference between the theoretical band gap Delta and the experimentally extracted transport gap.

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.155502

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