## Electronic decoupling of an epitaxial graphene monolayer by gold intercalation

The application of graphene in electronic devices requires large-scale epitaxial growth. The presence of the substrate, however, usually reduces the charge-carrier mobility considerably. We show that it is possible to decouple the partially sp(3)-hybridized first graphitic layer formed on the Si-terminated face of silicon carbide from the substrate by gold intercalation, leading to a completely sp(2)-hybridized graphene layer with improved electronic properties.

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Physical Review B, 81, -
Year:
2010
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