Carbon kagome lattice and orbital-frustration-induced metal-insulator transition for optoelectronics

Yuanping Chen, Y. Y. Sun, H. Wang, D. West, Yuee Xie, J. Zhong, V. Meunier, Marvin L. Cohen, S. B. Zhang

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A three-dimensional elemental carbon kagome lattice, made of only fourfold-coordinated carbon atoms, is proposed based on first-principles calculations. Despite the existence of 60° bond angles in the triangle rings, widely perceived to be energetically unfavorable, the carbon kagome lattice is found to display exceptional stability comparable to that of C60. The system allows us to study the effects of triangular frustration on the electronic properties of realistic solids, and it demonstrates a metal-insulator transition from that of graphene to a direct gap semiconductor in the visible blue region. By minimizing s-p orbital hybridization, which is an intrinsic property of carbon, not only the band edge states become nearly purely frustrated p states, but also the band structure is qualitatively different from any known bulk elemental semiconductors. For example, the optical properties are similar to those of direct-gap semiconductors GaN and ZnO, whereas the effective masses are comparable to or smaller than those of Si.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number085501
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 18 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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