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Nature of single-particle states in disordered graphene

Nag, Sabyasachi and Garg, Arti and Ramakrishnan, TV (2016) Nature of single-particle states in disordered graphene. In: PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 93 (23).

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We analyze the nature of the single-particle states, away from the Dirac point in the presence of long-range charge impurities in a tight-binding model for electrons on a two-dimensional honeycomb lattice which is of direct relevance for graphene. For a disorder potential V ((r) over right arrow) = V-0 exp(-vertical bar(r) over right arrow - (r) over right arrow (imp)vertical bar(2)/xi(2)), we demonstrate that not only the Dirac state but all the single-particle states remain extended for weak-enough disorder. Based on our numerical calculations of inverse participation ratio, dc conductivity, diffusion coefficient, and the localization length from time evolution dynamics of the wave packet, we show that the threshold V-th required to localize a single-particle state of energy E((k) over right arrow) is minimum for the states near the band edge and is maximum for states near the band center, implying a mobility edge starting from the band edge for weak disorder and moving towards the band center as the disorder strength increases. This can be explained in terms of the low-energy Hamiltonian at any point (k) over right arrow which has the same nature as that at the Dirac point. From the nature of the eigenfunctions, it follows that a weak long-range impurity will cause weak antilocalization effects, which can be suppressed, giving localization if the strength of impurities is sufficiently large to cause intervalley scattering. The intervalley spacing 2 vertical bar(k) over right arrow vertical bar increases as one moves in from the band edge towards the band center, which is reflected in the behavior of V-th and the mobility edge.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right of this article belongs to the AMER PHYSICAL SOC, ONE PHYSICS ELLIPSE, COLLEGE PK, MD 20740-3844 USA
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2016 09:50
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2016 09:50
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/54187

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