Correlation between the optical absorption and twisted angle of bilayer graphene observed by high-resolution reflectance confocal laser microscopy

Ming Che Chan, Yen Chun Chen, Bai Heng Shiue, Tzi I. Tsai, Chii Dong Chen, Wei Shiuan Tseng*

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Abstract

We report a systematic study of the optical absorption of twisted bilayer graphene (tBLG) across a large range of twist angles from 0° to 30° using a high-resolution reflectance confocal laser microscopy (RCLM) system. The high-quality single crystalline tBLG was synthesized via the efficient plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition techniques without the need of active heating. The sensitivity of acquired images from the RCLM were better than conventional optical microscopes. Although the highest spatial resolution of RCLM is still lower than scanning electron microscopes, it possesses the advantages of beam-damage and vacuum free. Moreover, the high intensity-resolution (sensitivity) images firstly allowed us to distinguish the slight absorption differences and analyze the correlation between the optical absorption and twisted angle of tBLG after data processing procedures. A maximum absorption (minimum transmission) was observed at the stacking angle of tBLG from 10° to 20°, indicating the interplay between the laser and the electron/hole van-Hove singularities when tBLG oriented around the critical angle (θc∼13°). The twisted angle correlated optical absorption paves an alternative way not only to visibly identify the interlayer orientation of tBLG but also to reflect the characterization of the interlayer coupling via its band structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40481-40493
Number of pages13
JournalOptics Express
Volume29
Issue number24
DOIs
StatePublished - 22 Nov 2021

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