Nov 28, 2019

Reliable Postprocessing Improvement of van der Waals Heterostructures

ACS Nano
Youngwook KimJurgen H Smet

Abstract

The successful assembly of heterostructures consisting of several layers of different 2D materials in arbitrary order by exploiting van der Waals forces has truly been a game changer in the field of low-dimensional physics. For instance, the encapsulation of graphene or MoS2 between atomically flat hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) layers with strong affinity and graphitic gates that screen charge impurity disorder provided access to a plethora of interesting physical phenomena by drastically boosting the device quality. The encapsulation is accompanied by a self-cleansing effect at the interfaces. The otherwise predominant charged impurity disorder is minimized, and random strain fluctuations ultimately constitute the main source of residual disorder. Despite these advances, the fabricated heterostructures still vary notably in their performance. Although some achieve record mobilities, others only possess mediocre quality. Here, we report a reliable method to improve fully completed van der Waals heterostructure devices with a straightforward postprocessing surface treatment based on thermal annealing and contact mode atomic force microscopy (AFM). The impact is demonstrated by comparing magnetotransport measurements before and a...Continue Reading

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