Volume 79, Number 5, September 2007
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties|
|Published online||30 July 2007|
Anomalously large conductance fluctuations in weakly disordered graphene
Marian Smoluchowski Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University - Reymonta 4, 30059 Kraków, Poland
2 Institute of Theoretical Physics, Warsaw University - Hoża 69, 00681 Warsaw, Poland
3 Instituut-Lorentz, Universiteit Leiden - P.O. Box 9506, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
Accepted: 6 July 2007
We have studied numerically the mesoscopic fluctuations of the conductance of a graphene strip (width W larger than length L), in an ensemble of samples with different realizations of the random electrostatic potential landscape. For strong disorder (potential fluctuations comparable to the hopping energy), the variance of the conductance approximates the value predicted by the Altshuler-Lee-Stone theory of universal conductance fluctuations, . For weaker disorder the variance is greatly enhanced if the potential is smooth on the scale of the atomic separation. There is no enhancement if the potential varies on the atomic scale, indicating that the absence of backscattering on the honeycomb lattice is at the origin of the anomalously large fluctuations.
PACS: 73.23.-b – Electronic transport in mesoscopic systems / 73.20.Fz – Weak or Anderson localization / 73.40.-c – Electronic transport in interface structures
© Europhysics Letters Association, 2007
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