Twisted Bilayer Graphene: Moire' is Different

A single layer graphene hides many body effects in the dense viscous 
fluid of p-pi electrons, Bilayer graphene, with AA and AB registry, on 
the other hand, exposes some of them. A twisted bilayer springs more 
surprises. We discuss recently seen superconductivity in twisted bilayer 
graphene. Resonating valence bond (RVB) physics contained in the dense 
electron fluid in graphene is invoked [1]. RVB fails to produce 
superconductivity in neutral graphene, as carrier are absent at the 
Fermi level. In a twisted bilayer, interlayer tunneling adds equal 
number of electron and hole carriers in Moire superlattice of dominant 
AA registry. These carriers use RVB pairing and develop charge -2e and 
+2e Cooper pair correlations, in spite of Coulomb repulsions. Resulting 
Moire lattice of Cooper pair puddles form a Josephson lattice. Coulomb 
blockade makes it a Bosonic Mott insulator. Gate voltage dopes the Bose 
Mott insulator and interesting consequences follow.

[1] G. Baskaran, arXiv:1804.00627

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Event Type: 
Seminar
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Event Date: 
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 11:00 to 12:30
Location: 
Bob Room
Room #: 
405