Suppressed conductance in a metallic graphene nanojunction

National Laboratory of Superhard Materials, Department of Physics, Jilin University, Changchun 130023, China
Journal of Applied Physics (Impact Factor: 2.18). 02/2009; 105(1):013703 - 013703-6. DOI: 10.1063/1.3054449
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The linear conductance spectrum of a metallic graphene junction formed by interconnecting two gapless graphene nanoribbons is calculated. A strong conductance suppression appears in the vicinity of the Dirac point. We found that such a conductance suppression arises from the antiresonance effect associated with an edge state localized at the zigzag-edged shoulder of the junction. The conductance valley due to the antiresonance is rather robust in the presence of the impurity and vacancy scattering. Also the center of the conductance valley can be readily tuned by an electric field exerted on the wider nanoribbon.

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