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Beyond the predictions routinely achievable by first-principles calculations and using metal–organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD), we report a GaN monolayer in a buckled geometry obtained in confinement at the graphene/SiC interface. Conductive atomic force microscopy (C-AFM) was used to investigate vertical current injection across the graphene/SiC interface and to establish the uniformity of the intercalated regions. Scanning transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM) was used for atomic resolution imaging and spectroscopy along the growth direction. The experimentally obtained value of the buckling parameter, 1.01 ± 0.11 Å, adds to the existing knowledge of buckled GaN monolayers, which is based solely on predictive first-principles calculations. Our study reveals a discontinuity in the anticipated stacking sequence attributed to a few-layer graphitic-like GaN structure. Instead, we identify an …
Royal Society of Chemistry
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2023

Gianfranco Sfuncia, Giuseppe Nicotra, Filippo Giannazzo, Béla Pécz, Gueorgui Kostov Gueorguiev, Anelia Kakanakova-Georgieva

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