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Micro-Raman and micro-transmission imaging of epitaxial graphene grown on the Si and C faces of 6H-SiC

Antoine Tiberj1*, Nicolas Camara1, Philippe Godignon2 and Jean Camassel1

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1 Laboratoire Charles Coulomb, UMR5221 CNRS-Université Montpellier II, Place Eugène Bataillon - cc074, 34095 Montpellier Cedex 5, France

2 IMB-CNM-CSIC, Campus UAB Bellaterra, Barcelona 08193, Spain

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2011, 6:478  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-6-478

Published: 29 July 2011

Abstract

Micro-Raman and micro-transmission imaging experiments have been done on epitaxial graphene grown on the C- and Si-faces of on-axis 6H-SiC substrates. On the C-face it is shown that the SiC sublimation process results in the growth of long and isolated graphene ribbons (up to 600 μm) that are strain-relaxed and lightly p-type doped. In this case, combining the results of micro-Raman spectroscopy with micro-transmission measurements, we were able to ascertain that uniform monolayer ribbons were grown and found also Bernal stacked and misoriented bilayer ribbons. On the Si-face, the situation is completely different. A full graphene coverage of the SiC surface is achieved but anisotropic growth still occurs, because of the step-bunched SiC surface reconstruction. While in the middle of reconstructed terraces thin graphene stacks (up to 5 layers) are grown, thicker graphene stripes appear at step edges. In both the cases, the strong interaction between the graphene layers and the underlying SiC substrate induces a high compressive thermal strain and n-type doping.