Giant quantum Hall plateaus generated by charge transfer in epitaxial graphene

J. A. Alexander-Webber, J. Huang, D. K. Maude, T J B M Janssen, Alexander Tzalenchuk, Vladimir Antonov, T. Yager, Samuel Lara-Avila, S Kubatkin, Rositza Yakimova, R. J. Nicholas

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Epitaxial graphene has proven itself to be the best candidate for quantum electrical resistance standards due to its wide quantum Hall plateaus with exceptionally high breakdown currents. However one key underlying mechanism, a magnetic field dependent charge transfer process, is yet to be fully understood. Here we report measurements of the quantum Hall effect in epitaxial graphene showing the widest quantum Hall plateau observed to date extending over 50 T, attributed to an almost linear increase in carrier density with magnetic field. This behaviour is strong evidence for field dependent charge transfer from charge reservoirs with exceptionally high densities of states in close proximity to the graphene. Using a realistic framework of broadened Landau levels we model the densities of donor states and predict the field dependence of charge transfer in excellent agreement with experimental results, thus providing a guide towards engineering epitaxial graphene for applications such as quantum metrology.
Original languageEnglish
Article number30296
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2016


  • Graphene
  • Hall effect
  • Resistance standard

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