Weak interaction between germanene and GaAs(0001) by H intercalation: A route to exfoliation

Thaneshwor P. Kaloni, Udo Schwingenschlögl

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Abstract

Epitaxial germanene on a semiconducting GaAs(0001) substrate is studied by ab initio calculations. The germanene-substrate interaction is found to be strong for direct contact but can be substantially reduced by H intercalation at the interface. Our results indicate that it is energetically possible to take the germanene off the GaAs(0001) substrate. While mounted on the substrate, the electronic structure shows a distinct Dirac cone shift above the Fermi energy with a splitting of 175 meV. On the other hand, we find for a free standing sheet a band gap of 24 meV, which is due to the intrinsic spin orbit coupling.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)184307
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume114
Issue number18
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 14 2013

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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