Chiral atomically thin films

Abstract

Chiral materials possess left- and right-handed counterparts linked by mirror symmetry. These materials are useful for advanced applications in polarization optics(1,2), stereochemistry(3,4) and spintronics(5,6). In particular, the realization of spatially uniform chiral films with atomic-scale control of their handedness could provide a powerful means for developing nanodevices with novel chiral properties. However, previous approaches based on natural or grown films(1,2,7,8), or arrays of fabricated building blocks(9-11), could not offer a direct means to program intrinsic chiral properties of the film on the atomic scale. Here, we report a chiral stacking approach, where two-dimensional materials are positioned layer-by-layer with precise control of the interlayer rotation (theta) and polarity, resulting in tunable chiral properties of the final stack. Using this method, we produce left-and right-handed bilayer graphene, that is, a two-atom-thick chiral film. The film displays one of the highest intrinsic ellipticity values (6.5 deg mu m(-1)) ever reported, and a remarkably strong circular dichroism (CD) with the peak energy and sign tuned by. and polarity. We show that these chiral properties originate from the large in-plane magnetic moment associated with the interlayer optical transition. Furthermore, we show that we can program the chiral properties of atomically thin films layer-by-layer by producing three-layer graphene films with structurally controlled CD spectra.1

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This paper was published in 포항공과대학교.

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