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Observation of negative contact resistances in graphene field-effect transistors
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FIG. 1.

(a) Schematic of the fabricated device structure with several electrodes and different inter-electrode spacings L, on a single flake of graphene. (b) Schematic of the TLM. A contact resistance can be extracted from an intercept at L = 0 for a linear fitting of the two-terminal resistance, R, versus L plot.

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FIG. 2.

(a) and (b) Transfer characteristics of Ag-contacted graphene FETs with different channel lengths (L = 2.5 to 0.5 μm) fabricated on the same graphene flake. The characteristics in (b) are replots of (a) against the normalized gate voltage, V G − V NP. (c) R-L plot of the Ag-contacted devices at V G = V NP. The straight line is the result of a least-squares fit, which indicates an apparently negative contact resistance.

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FIG. 3.

Dependence of the contact resistance on the gate voltage extracted using the TLM for (a) Ag, (b) Cu, and (c) Au contacts. The solid lines represent the best-fit lines of calculations using the proposed model. Deviation of the fitting lines from the experimental curves may be due to partial depinning of the metal contacts.16

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FIG. 4.

(a) Gate-voltage dependence of the charge-density profile for the model calculation. The vertical axis is a gate-voltage equivalent, and positive (negative) values correspond to electron (hole) doping. Linearly graded doping occurs from the metal contact edges (x = 0, L) to the distance into the graphene channel, L D. The charge density at the metal contacts is uncontrollable with the application of gate voltages. (b) Two possible contributions to the contact resistances extracted by the TLM or four-terminal measurement are (1) the actual contact resistance precisely at the contact, R CI (most simply, ascribable to a tunneling process5), and (2) the apparently-appeared contact resistance due to the potential variation induced by the metal contact, R CD.

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FIG. 5.

Simulated R CD-V G characteristics with variation of the (a) polarity of doped carriers, (b) L D, (c) μ, and (d) n D. The fixed parameters were set to L D = 0.2 μm, μ = 1.0 m2 V−1 s−1, and n D = 1.5 × 1012 cm−2. The solid and dashed lines in (a) indicate the results for positive (electron doping) and negative (hole doping) n D, respectively.

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FIG. 6.

Comparison of the magnitudes of R CI and R CD at metal contacts to various systems. The condition |R CD| > R CI, which is necessary to observe the apparently negative R C as extracted in this study, is considered to be fulfilled at the interfaces of metals with Dirac-cone systems.

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FIG. 7.

Simulated V G dependency of the two parts of R CI with various p. While the completely pinned contacts (p = 0) lead to no V G dependence, thefully or partially depinned contacts (finite p) induce a divergence at V G= −V D/p.


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Table I.

R C simulation parameters extracted by fitting to the experimentally obtained R C-V G characteristics shown in Figure 3.


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Scitation: Observation of negative contact resistances in graphene field-effect transistors