We report the systematic experimental studies demonstrating that a graphene layer inserted at metal/n-Si(001) interface is efficient to explore interface Fermi-level pinning effect. It is confirmed that an inserted graphene layer prevents atomic interdiffusion to form an atomically abrupt Schottky contact. The Schottky barriers of metal/graphene/n-Si(001) junctions show a very weak dependence on metal work-function, implying that the metal Fermi-level is almost completely pinned at charge neutrality level close to the valence band edge of Si. The atomically impermeable and electronically transparent properties of graphene can be used generally to form an intact Schottky contact for all semiconductors.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanical Engineering