When: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 4 p.m.
Where: 114 Dana
The Department of Physics at Northeastern University presents: Graphene: A Physicist’s View of the “Wonder Material”
Featuring: Eva Andrei of Rutgers University
Within the eight years since its first scotch-tape extraction from graphite, Graphene – a one atom-thick crystal of carbon – has metamorphosed from the poor relative of diamond into a “wonder material.” Crowning graphene’s rise, the European Commission pledged on February , 2013 one billion Euros to seed a European “Graphene Valley,” aimed to revolutionize industries and stimulate economic growth.
In this talk, Andrei will review the story and physics of graphene with emphasis on electronic properties which stem from its ultra-relativistic charge carriers -Dirac fermions. Andrei will then describe experiments which employed transport, scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy to gain access to the two-dimensional world of Dirac fermions, their interactions with each other and with the environment.