Properties of Two-Dimensional Silicon versus Carbon Systems

Authored by: C. Kamal , Arup Banerjee , Aparna Chakrabarti

Graphene Science Handbook

Print publication date:  April  2016
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781466591356
eBook ISBN: 9781466591363
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The discovery of graphene and exciting physics associated with graphene led to an immense interest in graphene-like structure made up of silicon: silicene, from both fundamental and application points of view. The charge carriers in this two-dimensional material, as in graphene, behave like massless Dirac-Fermions due to the presence of linear dispersion around the Fermi level at the highly symmetric “K” point in reciprocal lattice. Interestingly, silicon-based nanostructures have an important advantage over graphene as they are expected to be more compatible with the existing semiconductor technology.

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