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Transport properties of two finite armchair graphene nanoribbons

Luis Rosales1* and Jhon W González12

Author Affiliations

1 Departamento de Física, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, P.O. Box 110V, Valparaíso, 2390123, Chile

2 International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Av. Mestre José Veiga, Braga, 4715-330, Portugal

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2013, 8:1  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-8-1

Published: 2 January 2013

Abstract

In this work, we present a theoretical study of the transport properties of two finite and parallel armchair graphene nanoribbons connected to two semi-infinite leads of the same material. Using a single Π-band tight binding Hamiltonian and based on Green’s function formalisms within a real space renormalization techniques, we have calculated the density of states and the conductance of these systems considering the effects of the geometric confinement and the presence of a uniform magnetic field applied perpendicularly to the heterostructure. Our results exhibit a resonant tunneling behaviour and periodic modulations of the transport properties as a function of the geometry of the considered conductors and as a function of the magnetic flux that crosses the heterostructure. We have observed Aharonov-Bohm type of interference representing by periodic metal-semiconductor transitions in the DOS and conductance curves of the nanostructures.

Keywords:
Graphene nanostructures; Transport properties; Magnetic field effects