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Emanuel Tutuc, University of Texas, Austin

Condensed Matter Seminar - "Tunneling and Interlayer Coherence in Twist-Controlled van der Waals Heterostructures"

Event Type
Physics - Condensed Matter
ESB 190
Apr 7, 2023   1:00 pm  
Emanuel Tutuc, University of Texas, Austin
Stephen Bullwinkel
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Physics - Condensed Matter Seminar

Van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures of two-dimensional materials offer an unprecedented playground to combine materials with different electronic properties, without the constraints of lattice matching associated with epitaxial growth. Recent years have witnessed the emergence of interlayer twist as a new parameter that control the electronic properties of vdW heterostructures.  This presentation will provide an overview of experimental techniques to control interlayer twist, along with examples from moirĂ© patterns and twist-controlled double layers.  We show that interlayer tunnelling serves as unique tool to probe interlayer coherence in twist-aligned, closely spaced double layers where interaction leads to a coherent superposition of electronic states in individual layers, with Josephson junction-like tunnelling characteristics robust to temperature, and layer density detuning.  We describe a novel tunneling spectroscopy technique in twist-aligned double layers, where momentum-conserving tunneling between different energy bands serves as an energy filter for the tunneling carriers, and allows a measurement of the quasi-particle state broadening at well-defined energies with respect to the Fermi level.  

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