Dirac electrons in a dodecagonal graphene quasicrystal

Sung Joon Ahn, Pilkyung Moon, Tae Hoon Kim, Hyun Woo Kim, Ha Chul Shin, Eun Hye Kim, Hyun Woo Cha, Se Jong Kahng, Philip Kim, Mikito Koshino, Young Woo Son, Cheol Woong Yang, Joung Real Ahn

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Quantum states of quasiparticles in solids are dictated by symmetry. We have experimentally demonstrated quantum states of Dirac electrons in a two-dimensional quasicrystal without translational symmetry. A dodecagonal quasicrystalline order was realized by epitaxial growth of twisted bilayer graphene rotated exactly 30°. We grew the graphene quasicrystal up to a millimeter scale on a silicon carbide surface while maintaining the single rotation angle over an entire sample and successfully isolated the quasicrystal from a substrate, demonstrating its structural and chemical stability under ambient conditions. Multiple Dirac cones replicated with the 12-fold rotational symmetry were observed in angle-resolved photoemission spectra, which revealed anomalous strong interlayer coupling with quasi-periodicity. Our study provides a way to explore physical properties of relativistic fermions with controllable quasicrystalline orders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)782-786
Number of pages5
Issue number6404
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Aug 24

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