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News 16.05.2018
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New book chapter publication: Characterization of Graphene by Confocal Raman Spectroscopy

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Confocal Raman Microscopy, pp 177-184 (2018), Part of the Springer Series in Surface Sciences
Confocal Raman spectroscopy has emerged as a key characterization technique in graphene research, as with this technique important material characteristics can be obtained locally and noninvasively. In this chapter, the fundamentals of the Raman spectrum of graphene are reviewed and the utilization of Raman spectroscopy for graphene characterization is demonstrated. In this regard, we show how crucial properties of graphene samples, i.e. doping , strain , defect-density and layer-number can be extracted from the Raman spectrum. Accessing these quantities is highly relevant for monitoring, understanding and improving graphene synthesis processes and device fabrication techniques for research and emerging industrial applications.

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Sebastian Staacks, Heidrun Heinke & Christoph Stampfer have been nominated for the "Lehrpreis Physik 2018"

Sebastian Staacks, Heidrun Heinke and Christoph Stampfer have been nominated by the Fachschaft Physik for the "Lehrpreis Physik 2018" in the category of "Beste unterstützende Lehre" for their work on the physics app "phyphox".

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New publication: Out-of-plane heat transfer in van der Waals stacks through electron–hyperbolic phonon coupling


Nature Nanotechnology 13, 41 (2018)
Van der Waals heterostructures have emerged as promising building blocks that offer access to new physics, novel device functionalities and superior electrical and optoelectronic properties. Applications such as thermal management, photodetection, light emission, data communication, high-speed electronics and light harvesting require a thorough understanding of (nanoscale) heat flow. Here, using time-resolved photocurrent measurements, we identify an efficient out-of-plane energy transfer channel, where charge carriers in graphene couple to hyperbolic phonon polaritons in the encapsulating layered material. This hyperbolic cooling is particularly efficient, giving picosecond cooling times for hexagonal BN, where the high-momentum hyperbolic phonon polaritons enable efficient near-field energy transfer. We study this heat transfer mechanism using distinct control knobs to vary carrier density and lattice temperature, and find excellent agreement with theory without any adjustable parameters. These insights may lead to the ability to control heat flow in van der Waals heterostructures.

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New publication: Weakly-Correlated Nature of Ferromagnetism in Nonsymmorphic CrO2 Revealed by Bulk-Sensitive Soft-X-Ray ARPES

Phys. Rev. X 7, 041067 (2017)
Chromium dioxide CrO2 belongs to a class of materials called ferromagnetic half-metals, whose peculiar aspect is that they act as a metal in one spin orientation and as a semiconductor or insulator in the opposite one. Despite numerous experimental and theoretical studies motivated by technologically important applications of this material in spintronics, its fundamental properties such as momentumresolved electron dispersions and the Fermi surface have so far remained experimentally inaccessible because of metastability of its surface, which instantly reduces to amorphous Cr2O3. In this work, we demonstrate that direct access to the native electronic structure of CrO2 can be achieved with soft-x-ray angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy whose large probing depth penetrates through the Cr2O3 layer. For the first time, the electronic dispersions and Fermi surface of CrO2 are measured, which are fundamental prerequisites to solve the long debate on the nature of electronic correlations in this material. Since density functional theory augmented by a relatively weak local Coulomb repulsion gives an exhaustive description of our spectroscopic data, we rule out strong-coupling theories of CrO2. Crucial for the correct interpretation of our experimental data in terms of the valence-band dispersions is the understanding of a nontrivial spectral response of CrO2 caused by interference effects in the photoemission process originating from the nonsymmorphic space group of the rutile crystal structure of CrO2.

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"Winter run" 2017

Our Institute participated sucessfully in the "55. ATG - Winterlauf" 2017. Withstanding the freezing temperatures and a heavy snow storm, together with almost 2000 other participants, Michael (1:16:48), Markus (1:27:05), Marc (1:28:53), Luca (1:29:00) and Alex (1:35:59) well mastered the difficult 18km course from Mulartshütte to Aachen and had a lot of fun. Congratulations!

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New publication: Aharonov-Bohm oscillations and magnetic focusing in ballistic graphene rings

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Phys. Rev. B 96, 205407 (2017)
We present low-temperature magnetotransport measurements on graphene rings encapsulated in hexagonal boron nitride. We investigate phase-coherent transport and show Aharonov-Bohm (AB) oscillations in quasiballistic graphene rings with hard confinement. In particular, we report on the observation of h/e, h/2e, and h/3e conductance oscillations. Moreover, we show signatures of magnetic focusing effects at small magnetic fields confirming ballistic transport. We perform tight-binding calculations which allow us to reproduce all significant features of our experimental findings and enable a deeper understanding of the underlying physics. Finally, we report on the observation of the AB conductance oscillations in the quantum Hall regime at reasonable high magnetic fields, where we find regions with enhanced AB oscillation visibility with values up to 0.7%. These oscillations are well explained by taking disorder into account allowing for a coexistence of hard- and soft-wall confinement.

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New release of CARTADITALIA

CARTADITALIA - including an interview with Christoph Stampfer - offers an overview in the best of the Italian scientifiy culture of the younger generations. More information can be found here.

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New publication: Dry-transferred CVD graphene for inverted spin valve devices


Appl. Phys. Lett. 111, 152402 (2017)
Integrating high-mobility graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) into spin transport devices is one of the key tasks in graphene spintronics. We use a van der Waals pick-up technique to transfer CVD graphene by hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) from the copper growth substrate onto predefined Co/MgO electrodes to build inverted spin valve devices. Two approaches are presented: (i) a process where the CVD-graphene/hBN stack is first patterned into a bar and then transferred by a second larger hBN crystal onto spin valve electrodes and (ii) a direct transfer of a CVD-graphene/hBN stack. We report record high spin lifetimes in CVD graphene of up to 1.75 ns at room temperature. Overall, the performances of our devices are comparable to devices fabricated from exfoliated graphene also revealing nanosecond spin lifetimes. We expect that our dry transfer methods pave the way towards more advanced device geometries not only for spintronic applications but also for CVD-graphene-based nanoelectronic devices in general where patterning of the CVD graphene is required prior to the assembly of final van der Waals heterostructures.

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