X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy for identification of morphological defects and disorders in graphene devices
Polat, E. O.
Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films
041516-1 - 041516-5
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The progress in the development of graphene devices is promising, and they are now considered as an option for the current Si-based electronics. However, the structural defects in graphene may strongly influence the local electronic and mechanical characteristics. Although there are well-established analytical characterization methods to analyze the chemical and physical parameters of this material, they remain incapable of fully understanding of the morphological disorders. In this study, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) with an external voltage bias across the sample is used for the characterization of morphological defects in large area of a few layers graphene in a chemically specific fashion. For the XPS measurements, an external +6 V bias applied between the two electrodes and areal analysis for three different elements, C1s, O1s, and Au4f, were performed. By monitoring the variations of the binding energy, the authors extract the voltage variations in the graphene layer which reveal information about the structural defects, cracks, impurities, and oxidation levels in graphene layer which are created purposely or not. Raman spectroscopy was also utilized to confirm some of the findings. This methodology the authors offer is simple but provides promising chemically specific electrical and morphological information.
Chemical and physical parameters
External voltage bias
Few layers graphene
X ray photoelectron spectroscopy