HNSE-O3-1. Highly Sensitive Capacitance Measurements of 2D Materials

Justin Alvarez1
Kayla Cerminara1
Faculty Mentor: Joshua O. Island, Ph.D.1
1College of Sciences, Department of Physics and Astronomy

The quantum anomalous hall effect (QAHE) is a phase of matter in which a dissipationless current is made to flow around the edge of a two dimensional (2D) material. Making use of this effect for next generation electronics could lead to faster processors and low power devices. There are very few materials that exist in nature that intrinsically possess the QAHE, however by sandwiching target 2D materials together we can establish this highly sought after phase. By using three 2D materials: graphene, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) and chromium tri-iodide (CrI3) forming a van der Waals heterostructure we can create a proximity induced magnetism effect. Here, we took highly sensitive capacitance measurements of graphene on MoS2 devices at low temperatures and high magnetic fields. By taking measurements of the penetration field capacitance vs charge density and polarization of a graphene and MoS2 device at 2 Kelvin and zero external magnetic field, we are able to see the charge neutrality point in graphene and the conduction band of MoS2. Using this method of capacitance measurements we plan to integrate thin CrI3 flakes into our graphene and MoS2 devices to develop a full device to study the proximity induced QAHE.

This research was funded by the Southern Nevada Northern Arizona (SNNA) Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), which is housed within UNLV’s Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach and supported by a grant (HRD – 1712523) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF. 


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