Quantum elasticity of graphene: Thermal expansion coefficient and specific heat
We explore thermodynamics of a quantum membrane, with a particular application to suspended graphene membrane and with a particular focus on the thermal expansion coefficient. We show that an interplay between quantum and classical anharmonicity-controlled fluctuations leads to unusual elastic properties of the membrane.
The effect of quantum fluctuations is governed by the dimensionless coupling constant, g0 1, which vanishes
in the classical limit ( → 0) and is equal to 0.05 for graphene. We demonstrate that the thermal expansion
coefficient αT of the membrane is negative and remains nearly constant down to extremely low temperatures,
T0 ∝ exp(−2/g0).We also find that αT diverges in the classical limit: αT ∝ −ln(1/g0) for g0 → 0. For graphene
parameters, we estimate the value of the thermal expansion coefficient as αT −0.23 eV−1, which applies below
the temperature Tuv ∼ g00 ∼ 500K(where 0 ∼ 1 eVis the bending rigidity) down to T0 ∼ 10−14 K. ForT <T0,
the thermal expansion coefficient slowly (logarithmically) approaches zero with decreasing temperature. This
behavior is surprising since typically the thermal expansion coefficient goes to zero as a power-law function.We
discuss possible experimental consequences of this anomaly.We also evaluate classical and quantum contributions
to the specific heat of the membrane and investigate the behavior of the Gr¨uneisen parameter.
In strong magnetic fields, massless electrons in graphene populate relativistic Landau levels with the square-root dependence of each level energy on its number and magnetic field. Interaction-induced deviations from this single-particle picture were observed in recent experiments on cyclotron resonance and magneto-Raman scattering. Previous attempts to calculate such deviations theoretically using the unscreened Coulomb interaction resulted in overestimated many-body effects. This work presents many-body calculations of cyclotron and magneto-Raman transitions in single-layer graphene in the presence of Coulomb interaction, which is statically screened in the random-phase approximation. We take into account self-energy and excitonic effects as well as Landau level mixing, and achieve good agreement of our results with the experimental data for graphene on different substrates. The important role of a self-consistent treatment of the screening is found.
The optical properties of graphene-based structures are discissed. The universal optical absorption in graphene is reviewed. The photonic band structure and transmission of graphene-based photonic crystals are considered. The spectra of plasmon and magnetoplasmon excitations in graphene layers and grapehene nanoribbons (GNR) are analyzed. The localization of the electromagnetic waves in the photonic crystals with defects, which play a role of waveguide, is studied. Properties of plasmons and magnetoplasmons in graphene layers and GNR are reviewed. The surface plasmon amplification by stimulated emission of radiation with the net amplification of surface plasmons in the doped GNR is described. The minimal population inversion per unit area needed for the net amplification of plasmons in a doped GNR is reported. The various applications of graphene for photonics and optoelectronics are reviewed. The tunability of photonic and plasmonic properties of various graphene structures by doping achieved by applying the gate voltage is discussed.
Graphene synthesis technology on substrates is promising, as is compatible with existing CMOS-technology. Knowledge about how to affect the substrate of choice for structural and electronic properties of graphene is important and opens up new opportunities in targeted influence on the properties of this unique material. Specialized measuring system was established to measure the galvanomagnetic characteristics of substrates multigraphene. Its structure and the measurement results are presented in the paper. For surface resistivity measurements we obtained samples were higher than that of natural graphite, but much lower than for samples of colloidal suspensions.
Plasmon spectroscopy methods are highly sensitive to the small volumes of material due to subwavelength localization of light increasing light-matter interaction. Recent research has shown a high potential of plasmon quantum generator (spaser) or amplifier (sped) for sensing in the infrared optical region. Trinitrotoluene (TNT) molecules fingerprints are considered as an example. Basing on Lindblad equations, we implement full quantum mechanical theory of graphene plasmon generator to investigate how a small amount of absorbing atoms influences the spectrum of a graphene spaser. We analyze the optimal type of an active medium, the number of active molecules, and the pump level to achieve the highest sensitivity and show that optimized structure is sensitive to dozens of atoms. Our research is useful for the development of near- and mid-IR spectroscopy based on plasmon quantum amplifier.
We present the theory of many-body corrections to cyclotron transition energies in graphene in strong magnetic field due to Coulomb interaction, considered in terms of the renormalized Fermi velocity. A particular emphasis is made on the recent experiments where detailed dependencies of this velocity on the Landau level filling factor for individual transitions were measured. Taking into account the many-body exchange, excitonic corrections and interaction screening in the static random-phase approximation, we successfully explained the main features of the experimental data, in particular that the Fermi velocities have plateaus when the 0th Landau level is partially filled and rapidly decrease at higher carrier densities due to enhancement of the screening. We also explained the features of the nonmonotonous filling-factor dependence of the Fermi velocity observed in the earlier cyclotron resonance experiment with disordered graphene by taking into account the disorder-induced Landau level broadening.
The dynamics of a two-component Davydov-Scott (DS) soliton with a small mismatch of the initial location or velocity of the high-frequency (HF) component was investigated within the framework of the Zakharov-type system of two coupled equations for the HF and low-frequency (LF) fields. In this system, the HF field is described by the linear Schrödinger equation with the potential generated by the LF component varying in time and space. The LF component in this system is described by the Korteweg-de Vries equation with a term of quadratic influence of the HF field on the LF field. The frequency of the DS soliton`s component oscillation was found analytically using the balance equation. The perturbed DS soliton was shown to be stable. The analytical results were confirmed by numerical simulations.
By using superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometry, we investigated anisotropic high-field (H less than or similar to 7T) low-temperature (10 K) magnetization response of inhomogeneous nanoisland FeNi films grown by rf sputtering deposition on Sitall (TiO2) glass substrates. In the grown FeNi films, the FeNi layer nominal thickness varied from 0.6 to 2.5 nm, across the percolation transition at the d(c) similar or equal to 1.8 nm. We discovered that, beyond conventional spin-magnetism of Fe21Ni79 permalloy, the extracted out-of-plane magnetization response of the nanoisland FeNi films is not saturated in the range of investigated magnetic fields and exhibits paramagnetic-like behavior. We found that the anomalous out-of-plane magnetization response exhibits an escalating slope with increase in the nominal film thickness from 0.6 to 1.1 nm, however, it decreases with further increase in the film thickness, and then practically vanishes on approaching the FeNi film percolation threshold. At the same time, the in-plane response demonstrates saturation behavior above 1.5-2T, competing with anomalously large diamagnetic-like response, which becomes pronounced at high magnetic fields. It is possible that the supported-metal interaction leads to the creation of a thin charge-transfer (CT) layer and a Schottky barrier at the FeNi film/Sitall (TiO2) interface. Then, in the system with nanoscale circular domains, the observed anomalous paramagnetic-like magnetization response can be associated with a large orbital moment of the localized electrons. In addition, the inhomogeneous nanoisland FeNi films can possess spontaneous ordering of toroidal moments, which can be either of orbital or spin origin. The system with toroidal inhomogeneity can lead to anomalously strong diamagnetic-like response. The observed magnetization response is determined by the interplay between the paramagnetic-and diamagnetic-like contributions.
Radiation conditions are described for various space regions, radiation-induced effects in spacecraft materials and equipment components are considered and information on theoretical, computational, and experimental methods for studying radiation effects are presented. The peculiarities of radiation effects on nanostructures and some problems related to modeling and radiation testing of such structures are considered.