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Electron-phonon coupling in monolayer graphene breaks the adiabatic Born-Oppenheimer approximation and could lead to exotic logarithmic Kohn anomaly, manifested as logarithmic singularity in optical-phonon energy. However, unraveling unambiguously the fascinating logarithmic Kohn anomaly in monolayer graphene remains challenging due to the large carrier inhomogeneity originating from the unique massless Dirac-like band dispersion and the underneath substrate doping effect. Here we demonstrate a clear signature of intriguing logarithmic Kohn anomaly in monolayer graphene with ultralow carrier inhomogeneity via h-BN encapsulation. Significantly, the magnitude of anomalous phonon softening at 25 K shows an enhancement factor of 2 as compared to that previously observed in bilayer graphene at 12 K, even though bilayer graphene with nearly parabolic band dispersion is more immune to charged impurities. The uncovered unusual logarithmic Kohn anomaly in monolayer graphene can provide a firm basis for the understanding of various peculiar physics and may shed light on the nature of superconductivity in magic-angle graphene superlattices.
Atomic site point group asymmetry induced tunable second-order nonlinear photoresponses in centrosymmetric 2D materials
01/09/2020 → 31/08/2023
Project: Academy of Finland: Other research funding