A moire theory for probing grain boundary structure in graphene

E Annevelink and ZJ Wang and GC Dong and HT Johnson and P Pochet, ACTA MATERIALIA, 217, 117156 (2021).

DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2021.117156

Multiscale microscopy spanning the atomistic, moire, and meso scales has enabled engineering the equilibrium structure of graphene. However, temporal restrictions on in-operando imaging techniques make the moirescale the finest accessible spatial resolution, thereby limiting our understanding of atomistic mechanisms of non-equilibrium processes in graphene. In order to include atomic scale features with in-operando microscopy, we develop a moiremetrology theory that infers the atomic scale structure from the moirescale, creating a bridge to in-operando microscopy. The theory is based on atomic scale models that govern the atomistic structure and are promoted to the moirescale by simulation. We introduce this through a relevant application: nuclei coalescence of graphene during chemical vapor deposition. We develop two mechanistic atomic scale models that govern the propagation and structure of grain boundaries, illuminating how edge dislocations, disconnections, and grain boundaries form from the attachment of individual dimers. The atomistic models are brought to the moirescale through bond convolution simulations and the resultant moiremetrology theory is tested on results from in-operando scanning tunneling microscopy. By showing that we can identify atomic scale defects from moire patterns, we highlight how moiremetrology can enable decision making during growth from in-operando observation of graphene structure, paving the way for the design of graphene atomistic structure under scalable synthesis conditions. (C) 2021 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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