APS March Meeting

Yuhe Tang: Magnetically tunable 1D Coulomb drag: Experiment

In an electronic system with two closely spaced but isolated conductors, current that is sourced in one conductor can induce a current or voltage in the second conductor. This phenomenon, known as “Coulomb drag”, represents a powerful approach to probe Coulomb interactions and electron correlations. Here we examine Coulomb drag in a pair of nanowires created with conductive-AFM lithography at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface. Coulomb drag measurements are performed by sourcing current in one wire and measuring the induced voltage or current in the other wire. Experimental features depend strongly on magnetic field. At low magnetic fields, the wires can be superconducting, leading to large drag resistance when the wire is driven past the critical current. At high magnetic field, distinct oscillations are observed that are associated with the electron subband structure in the wires. 

Qing Guo: Fabricating high-mobility graphene/LaAlO3/SrTiO3 nanostructures

Nano-engineered graphene devices can exhibit novel and useful electronic and optical properties, many of which depend critically on controlling the chemical potential relative to the charge-neutrality point. Complex-oxide heterostructures enable reconfigurable control of conductive nanostructures, making them an interesting platform for controlling the electronic properties of graphene at nanoscale dimensions. Here we report the fabrication of graphene/LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures with nanoscale programmable control of the charge-neutrality point. Magnetotransport measurements of superlattice structures show characteristic interference features that can be associated with the electronically patterned interface. We discuss possible new directions based on this highly versatile hybrid platform.

Lu Chen: Ultrafast Optical Response of Graphene/LaAlO3/SrTiO3 Heterostructure

Graphene is a promising tunable plasmonic material in the terahertz regime. Plasmons can be induced in graphene by femtosecond laser excitation, and their resonance frequency can be gate-tuned over a broad terahertz range. Another 2D electron system, the complex-oxide heterostructure LaAlO3/SrTiO3, has been shown to exhibit great promise for control and detection of broadband THz emission at extreme nanoscale dimensions. Recently, we have successfully integrated these two platforms: we have created graphene/LaAlO3/SrTiO3 structures with high mobility in the graphene channel and oxide nanostructures directly underneath the graphene layer. Here we describe new experiments that probe graphene plasmonic behavior using this nanoscale THz spectrometer using ultrafast optical techniques. This unprecedented control of THz radiation at 10 nm length scales creates a pathway toward hybrid THz functionality in graphene/LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures.

Michelle Tomczyk: Pascal Liquid Phase in Electronic Waveguides

  Clean one-dimensional electron transport has been observed in very few material systems. The development of exceptionally clean electron waveguides formed at the interface between complex oxides LaAlO$_3$ and SrTiO$_3$ enables low-dimensional transport to be explored with newfound flexibility. This material system not only supports ballistic one-dimensional transport, but possesses a rich phase diagram and strong attractive electron-electron interactions which are not present in other solid-state systems. Here we report an unusual phenomenon in which quantized conductance increases by steps that themselves increase sequentially in multiples of e2/h. The overall conductance exhibits a Pascal-like sequence: 1, 3, 6, 10 … e2/h, which we ascribe to ballistic transport of 1, 2, 3, 4 ... “bunches” of electrons. We will discuss how subband degeneracies can occur in non-interacting models that have carefully tuned parameters. Strong attractive interactions are required, however, for these subbands to “lock” together. This Pascal liquid phase provides a striking example of the consequences of strong attractive interactions in low-dimensional environments.

Lu Chen: Broadband THz Spectroscopy of 2D Nanoscale Materials

Two-dimensional (2D) materials such as graphene and transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDC) have attracted intense research interest in the past decade. Their unique electronic and optical properties offer the promise of novel optoelectronic applications in the terahertz regime. Recently, generation and detection of broadband terahertz (~10 THz bandwidth) emission from 10-nm-scale LaAlO3/SrTiO3 nanostructures created by conductive atomic force microscope (c-AFM) lithography has been demonstrated. This unprecedented control of THz emission at 10 nm length scales creates a pathway toward hybrid THz functionality in 2D-material/LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures. Here we report initial efforts in THz spectroscopy of 2D nanoscale materials with resolution comparable to the dimensions of the nanowire (10 nm). Systems under investigation include graphene, single-layer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), and tungsten diselenide (WSe2) nanoflakes.

Qing Guo: Correlations between magnetic and piezoelectric response at gated LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces

The interface between perovskite oxide semiconductors LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 exhibits remarkable conducting, superconducting, magnetic, and spintronic properties that are strongly influenced by electron density. Scanning probe methods have the ability to probe local properties of interest. For example, magnetic force microscopy (MFM) has be used to measure magnetism at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface, while piezoelectric force microscopy has been used to measure the local electron density. Here we directly compare these two methods to provide further insight into the relationship between electron density and magnetic properties.

Patrick Irvin: Aharanov-Bohm quantum interference in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 Hall bar structures

Aharanov-Bohm (AB) interference can arise in transport experiments when magnetic flux threads through two or more transport channels. The existence of this behavior requires long-range ballistic transport and is typically observed only in exceptionally clean materials. We observe AB interference in wide (w∼100 nm) channels created at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface using conductive AFM lithography. Interference occurs above a critical field B∼4 T and increases in magnitude with increasing magnetic field. The period of oscillation implies a ballistic length that greatly exceeds the micron-scale length of the channel, consistent with Fabry-Perot interference in 1D channels. The conditions under which AB oscillations are observed will be discussed in the context of the electron pairing mechanism in LaAlO3/SrTiO3.