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Heterostrain rules the flat-bands in magic-angle twisted graphene layers

Abstract

The moiré of twisted graphene bilayers can generate flat bands in which charge carriers do not posses enough kinetic energy to escape Coulomb interactions with each other leading to the formation of novel strongly correlated electronic states. This exceptionally rich physics relies on the precise arrangement between the layers. We survey published Scanning Tunnelling Microscope (STM) measurements to prove that near the magic angle, native heterostrain, the relative deformations between the layers, dominates twist in determining the flat bands. This is demonstrated at large doping where electronic correlations have a weak effect and where we also show that tip-induced strain can have a strong influence. In the opposite situation of low doping, we find that electronic correlation further normalize the flat bands in a way that strongly depends on experimental details.
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hal-03079679 , version 1 (17-12-2020)

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Florie Mesple, Ahmed Missaoui, Tommaso Cea, Loic Huder, Guy Trambly de Laissardière, et al.. Heterostrain rules the flat-bands in magic-angle twisted graphene layers. Physical Review Letters, 2021, 127 (126405), ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.127.126405⟩. ⟨hal-03079679⟩
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