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Combined effect of strain and defects on the conductance of graphene nanoribbons

Thomas Lehmann, Dmitry A. Ryndyk, Gianaurelio Cuniberti

Building blocks for carbon-based electronics: From molecules to nanotubes

2013.04.10-12; Regensburg, Germany

The understanding and engineering of electron properties of carbon-based nanostructures, in particular graphene nanoribbons, is an important challenge for modern theory of nanoscale systems. We investigate the influence of vacancy defects and uniaxial strain on the electronic transport properties of intermediate- scale graphene nanoribbons using the numerical approach based on the semi-empirical or ab initio based tight-binding model, the Landauer-Büttiker formalism and the recursion method for Green functions. We calculate the transmission of graphene nanoribbons in the quantum coherent regime with different types and concentration of vacancy defects. Further, we apply uniform planar tension to non-ideal graphene ribbons with randomly distributed and oriented single and double vacancies and Stone-Wales defects. Since transport characteristics of graphene are found to be very sensitive to edge termination and aspect ratio and it has been shown that energy gaps can emerge under critical strain, the interplay of both effects needs to be studied.

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