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Physics & Astronomy Quantum/Nano Seminar - Dr. Andrew Cupo, Dartmouth College

Title: "Electronic and Vibrational Properties of Nanostructured 2D Materials from First-Principle"

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
4:00pm – 5:00pm
In-person: Wilder 102 / Via Zoom (email for link & password)
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Lectures & Seminars

Abstract: In the first part of the talk I will demonstrate how first-principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations can characterize       the structural, energetic, electronic, and vibrational properties of atomically-thin black phosphorus (BP) and its nanostructures. Periodically hole patterning the material results in antidot lattices, where changing the geometric parameters controls the anisotropic quantum confinement strength, permitting quasi-continuous tunability of the electronic properties. Beyond BP there exists a recently predicted phosphorus allotrope,  blue phosphorus (bP), which can be grown under particular conditions.  By developing    a new method for calculating the phonons of a continuous layer on a substrate, we showed that triangular single-layer bP on Au(111) is more stable than single-layer BP on Au(111) at all temperatures, in agreement with experiment. Furthermore, we captured non-linear phonon effects using ab initio molecular dynamics with our newly derived spectral lineshapes for the velocity autocorrelation method and, separately, many-body perturbation theory. The anharmonicity produces temperature dependent normal mode frequency shifts and finite lifetimes, which are in quantitative agreement with results from an experimental collaborator. The phonon lifetimes play a key role in the emergent macroscopic thermal conductivity. In the last segment I will discuss Floquet graphene antidot lattices, consisting of massless Dirac fermions in 2D excluded from a periodic array of nanoholes and coupled to intense radiation.  The effective electronic properties of the system are encoded in the quasienergies,  computed non-perturbatively via  the Floquet matrix. For circular polarization with near-IR photon energies, we find the equilibrium semiconducting state can be transformed into Floquet Dirac, selectively dynamically localized, and Floquet semi-Dirac phases by suitable choice of intensity. Overall, the wide range of new results provides motivation to pursue applications in nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, and thermoelectric materials.

For more information, contact:
Tressena Manning

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