Séminaire/Seminar – Tunable valley currents in aligned bilayer graphene/BN – Rebecca Ribeiro – 10/02/22

14 h 00 min
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Rebecca Ribeiro (C2N)

Sorbonne Université – INSP – 4 place Jussieu – 75005 Paris – Barre 22-23, salle 317


The relative angular alignment between 2D layers of a van der Waals (vdW) heterostructure can dramatically alter its fundamental properties[1]. A striking example is the recent observation of strongly correlated states and intrinsic superconductivity in twisted bilayer graphene[2]. Another remarkable effect of angular layer alignment, predicted for certain vdW heterostructures, is the emergence of phases of matter with nontrivial topological properties, where charge carriers flow without dissipation, being protected against perturbations. In graphene aligned with boron nitride (BN), such a phase has been predicted, with topological protection linked not to the spin, ascommonly observed, but rather to the valley degree of freedom.

The experimental observations of these topological valley currents [3] has been largely put in question by theorist, results of numerical simulation [4] and recent scanning SQUID results[5]. In these, the observed nonlocal signal have been attributed mostly to localized states on the edge of graphene. In this talk, we will show how these two pictures are not incompatible and can be reconciliated if we take the angular layer alignment into account.
[1] RibeiroPalau et al., Science 361 (2018), 690
[2] Cao et al., Nature 556 (2018) 43.

[3] Gorbachev et al., Science 436 (2014), 448; Komatsu et al., Science Advances 4 (2018) eaaq0194

[4] J M MarmolejoTejada et al., J. Phys. Mater. 1 (2018) 015006

[5] A. AharonSteinberg et al., Nature 593 (2021), 528
Organisation des séminaires Théorie quantique de la matière : Christophe Brun (INSP), Michele Casula (IMPMC), Nicolas Cherroret (LKB), Nicolas Dupuis (LPTMC), Jean-Noël Fuchs (LPTMC) et Blagoje Oblak (LPTHE)