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The phenomenon of minimal conductivity of graphene
November 16, 20184:00 pm – 5:00 pm (CDT)

The phenomenon of minimal conductivity of graphene


Eugene Mishchenko (University of Utah)


Ar. Abanov



Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy

College Station, Texas 77843

Event Details

Graphene is a two-dimensional crystal of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb lattice. Graphene happens to be a semi-metal that can, in some instances, display insulating properties yet reveal metallic behavior in others. For example, conductivity of graphene is predicted by the band theory to be metallic. In contrast, screening of Coulomb interaction between electrons is expected to be rather weak, very much like in typical insulators. Accordingly, one would expect interactions to be strong and result in significant corrections to the conductivity. Surprisingly, experiments show little such corrections, if any. I will discuss theoretical efforts expended over the last decade to understand this phenomenon.

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