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Currents and pseudomagnetic fields in strained graphene rings

Authors
  • Faria, D.
  • Latge, A.
  • Ulloa, S. E.
  • Sandler, N.
Type
Published Article
Publication Date
Jun 18, 2013
Submission Date
May 02, 2013
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.87.241403
Source
arXiv
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Abstract

We study the effects of strain on the electronic properties and persistent current characteristics of a graphene ring using the Dirac representation. For a slightly deformed graphene ring flake, one obtains sizable pseudomagnetic (gauge) fields that may effectively reduce or enhance locally the applied magnetic flux through the ring. Flux-induced persistent currents in a flat ring have full rotational symmetry throughout the structure; in contrast, we show that currents in the presence of a circularly symmetric deformation are strongly inhomogeneous, due to the underlying symmetries of graphene. This result illustrates the inherent competition between the `real' magnetic field and the `pseudo' field arising from strains, and suggest an alternative way to probe the strength and symmetries of pseudomagnetic fields on graphene systems.

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