Manifestation of chiral tunneling at a tilted graphenep-njunction

Redwan N. Sajjad, S. Sutar, J. U. Lee, Avik W. Ghosh
2012 Physical Review B  
Electrons in graphene follow unconventional trajectories at PN junctions, driven by their pseudospintronic degree of freedom. Significant is the prominent angular dependence of transmission, capturing the chiral nature of the electrons and culminating in unit transmission at normal incidence (Klein tunneling). We theoretically show that such chiral tunneling can be directly observed from the junction resistance of a tilted interface probed with separate split gates. The junction resistance is
more » ... own to increase with tilt in agreement with recent experimental evidence. The tilt dependence arises because of the misalignment between modal density and the anisotropic transmission lobe oriented perpendicular to the tilt. A critical determinant is the presence of edge scattering events that can completely reverse the angle-dependence. The absence of such reversals in the experiments indicates that these edge effects are not overwhelmingly deleterious, making the premise of transport governed by electron 'optics' in graphene an exciting possibility.
doi:10.1103/physrevb.86.155412 fatcat:srksirv7o5frno7j4m7o6nzs5m