Valley filtering using electrostatic potentials in bilayer graphene

D. R. Da Costa, Andrey Chaves, S. H.R. Sena, G. A. Farias, F. M. Peeters

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Abstract

Propagation of an electron wave packet through a quantum point contact (QPC) defined by electrostatic gates in bilayer graphene is investigated. The gates provide a bias between the layers, in order to produce an energy gap. If the gates on both sides of the contact produce the same bias, steps in the electron transmission probability are observed, as in the usual QPC. However, if the bias is inverted on one of the sides of the QPC, only electrons belonging to one of the Dirac valleys are allowed to pass, which provides a very efficient valley filtering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number045417
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume92
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 20 2015

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