Acceleration of photocarrier relaxation in graphene results in the enhancement of its properties for graphene-based ultrafast optical devices. The acceleration can be achieved by utilizing the relaxation paths outside the graphene to avoid bottlenecks in the graphene for photocarrier relaxation. In this study, we investigate photocarrier relaxation in epitaxial and transferred monolayer graphene on SiC with a buffer layer at room temperature by means of time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy. The photoluminescence decay at 0.7 eV in the epitaxial monolayer graphene is faster than that in the transferred monolayer graphene. On the basis of the three-Temperature model calculation, it is found that the carrier-phonon interaction with phonons of the buffer layer for the epitaxial monolayer graphene is 3 times stronger than that for the transferred monolayer graphene. This study demonstrates that ultrafast photocarrier relaxation can be achieved in graphene by epitaxial growth.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films