Graphene: A Physicist View of the “Wonder Material”

Eva Andrei of Rutgers University will lecture as part of the Physics Colloquium on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 4 p.m. in 114 Dana Research Center.

“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 1st 2013 one billion € to seed a European “Graphene valley”, aimed to revolutionize industries and stimulate economic growth.

In this talk I will review the story and physics of graphene with emphasis on electronic properties which stem from its ultra-relativistic charge carriers -Dirac fermions. I 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.”

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