Tuning the work function of graphene by ultraviolet irradiation

Yow Jon Lin, Jian Jhou Zeng

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Graphene layers grown by chemical vapor deposition were, respectively, irradiated for 0, 20, 40, and 60 min by an ultraviolet light source in order to experimentally study the change in the work function of graphene. The dependences of the work function and carrier concentration upon ultraviolet irradiation have been found. It is shown that ultraviolet irradiation may lead to oxygen desorption, thus reducing the hole density and work function of graphene. Based on the well-known expression for the Fermi energy of Dirac fermions, the Fermi velocity of graphene was extracted to be about 5.2 × 105 m/s.

Original languageEnglish
Article number183120
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2013 May 6

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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