We used low-energy electron microscopy (LEEM) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to investigate domain structures of epitaxial few-layer graphene grown on SiC(0001). Dark-field (DF) LEEM images formed using (10) and (01) beams clearly indicate that bilayer graphene consists of two types of domains, which have threefold symmetry and are rotated by 180°with respect to each other. The DF LEEM images show clear domain contrasts at energies where (10)- and (01)-beam intensities calculated for bulk graphite are largely different. This means that the two types of domains are different in stacking: AB and AC stackings. The stacking domains are also supported by the STM images of bilayer graphene showing both hexagonal and honeycomb patterns.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 6 2009|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics