We present a method to prepare monolayer and multilayer suspended sheets of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN), using a combination of mechanical exfoliation and reactive ion etching. Ultrahigh-resolution transmission electron microscope imaging is employed to resolve the atoms, and intensity profiles for reconstructed phase images are used to identify the chemical nature (boron or nitrogen) of every atom throughout the sample. Reconstructed phase images are distinctly different for h-BN multilayers of even or odd number. Unusual triangular defects and zigzag and armchair edge reconstructions are uniquely identified and characterized.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Oct 12 2009|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics