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Probing substrate influence on graphene by analyzing Raman lineshapes
© Huang et al.; licensee Springer. 2014
Received: 14 November 2013
Accepted: 19 January 2014
Published: 7 February 2014
We provide a new approach to identify the substrate influence on graphene surface. Distinguishing the substrate influences or the doping effects of charged impurities on graphene can be realized by optically probing the graphene surfaces, included the suspended and supported graphene. In this work, the line scan of Raman spectroscopy was performed across the graphene surface on the ordered square hole. Then, the bandwidths of G-band and 2D-band were fitted into the Voigt profile, a convolution of Gaussian and Lorentzian profiles. The bandwidths of Lorentzian parts were kept as constant whether it is the suspended and supported graphene. For the Gaussian part, the suspended graphene exhibits much greater Gaussian bandwidths than those of the supported graphene. It reveals that the doping effect on supported graphene is stronger than that of suspended graphene. Compared with the previous studies, we also used the peak positions of G bands, and I2D/IG ratios to confirm that our method really works. For the suspended graphene, the peak positions of G band are downshifted with respect to supported graphene, and the I2D/IG ratios of suspended graphene are larger than those of supported graphene. With data fitting into Voigt profile, one can find out the information behind the lineshapes.
Graphene has many unique and novel electrical and optical properties [1–3] because it is the thinnest sp2 allotrope of carbon arranged in a honeycomb lattice. Recent studies indicate that the remarkable carrier transport properties of suspended graphene with respect to supported graphene include temperature transport, magnetotransport, and conductivity [4–6]. The phonon modes of graphene and their effects on its properties due to the dopants and defects' effects are also different between suspended and supported graphene. These effects on its properties can be studied by Raman spectroscopy [7–9]. Raman spectroscopy has been extensively used to investigate the vibration properties of materials [10–13]. Recently, characterizing the band structure of graphene and the interactions of phonons has been applied as the powerful study method [14–18]. With the different effects influenced by doping and substrate, charged dopants produced by residual photoresist in the fabrication process are possibly induced by the deposition and also affect the substrate. According to relevant studies [19, 20], the properties of metallic particles on graphene used as an electrode in graphene-based electronic devices can be understood clearly and suspended graphene is suitable to use to understand the effect of charged dopants on the substrate. In our previous works [21, 22], we used polarized Raman spectroscopy to measure the strain effect on the suspended graphene. We fitted the spectra with triple-Lorentzian function and obtained three sub-2D peaks: 2D+, 2D-, and 2D0. In another work, we observed three sub-G peaks: G+, G-, and G0. The property of intensity of G+, G is similar as 2D+ and 2D peaks. The linewidth analysis with data fitting into pure Lorentzian and Voigt profiles had been applied two-photon transitions in atomic Cs [23, 24], because of its elastic motion of atomic structures. The Voigt profile, a convolution of a Lorentzian and a Gaussian, is used to fit these Raman spectra of graphene.
In this work, the supported and suspended graphene were both fabricated by micromechanical cleavage, and then, they were identified as monolayer graphene by Raman spectroscopy and optical microscopy. The Raman signals of suspended and supported graphene can be measured and analyzed by probing the graphene surface which contains them. The peak positions of G band, the I2D/IG ratio, and bandwidths of G band fitted with Voigt profile are obtained with the Raman measurements. Under our analysis, details about the effects of charged impurities on the substrate can be realized. About the strain effect or doping effect on graphene, some possible broadening mechanisms may still be responsible for deforming it, so we considered the Gaussian profile necessary.
Results and discussion
Based on the data fitting results, the analysis of measured point across the graphene surface, the bandwidths of Gaussian profiles and Lorentzian profiles given by Voigt fitting is presented in Figure 4a,b. The horizontal axis is expressed as the mapping points of the area which contains supported (edge area) and suspended graphene (center area).
Spectroscopic investigation on graphene of the interaction between phonons and electrons with the dopant or the substrate reveals a rich source of interesting physics. Raman signals of supported and suspended monolayer graphene were obtained. The peak positions of G bands, and I2D/IG ratios, and bandwidths of G bands fitted with Voigt profiles were obtained under our analysis, and their different performances of suspended and supported graphene can be used to demonstrate the substrate influences and doping effects on graphene. The Gaussian bandwidths of those separated from Voigt profiles provide a new method to study the influence of the substrate and doping effect on graphene.
We wish to acknowledge the support of this work by the National Science Council, Taiwan under contact no. NSC 101-2112-M-006-006 and NSC 102-2622-E-006-030-CC3.
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