Signatures of Gate-Tunable Superconductivity in Trilayer Graphene/Boron Nitride Moir\'e Superlattice

15 Jan 2019  ·  Chen Guorui, Sharpe Aaron L., Gallagher Patrick, Rosen Ilan T., Fox Eli, Jiang Lili, Lyu Bosai, Li Hongyuan, Watanabe Kenji, Taniguchi Takashi, Jung Jeil, Shi Zhiwen, Goldhaber-Gordon David, Zhang Yuanbo, Wang Feng ·

Understanding the mechanism of high temperature (high Tc) superconductivity is a central problem in condensed matter physics. It is often speculated that high Tc superconductivity arises from a doped Mott insulator as described by the Hubbard model... An exact solution of the Hubbard model, however, is extremely challenging due to the strong electron-electron correlation. Therefore, it is highly desirable to experimentally study a model Hubbard system in which the unconventional superconductivity can be continuously tuned by varying the Hubbard parameters. Here we report signatures of tunable superconductivity in ABC-trilayer graphene (TLG) / boron nitride (hBN) moir\'e superlattice. Unlike "magic angle" twisted bilayer graphene, theoretical calculations show that under a vertical displacement field the ABC-TLG/hBN heterostructure features an isolated flat valence miniband associated with a Hubbard model on a triangular superlattice. Upon applying such a displacement field we find experimentally that the ABC-TLG/hBN superlattice displays Mott insulating states below 20 Kelvin at 1/4 and 1/2 fillings, corresponding to 1 and 2 holes per unit cell, respectively. Upon further cooling, signatures of superconducting domes emerge below 1 kelvin for the electron- and hole-doped sides of the 1/4 filling Mott state. The electronic behavior in the TLG/hBN superlattice is expected to depend sensitively on the interplay between the electron-electron interaction and the miniband bandwidth, which can be tuned continuously with the displacement field D. By simply varying the D field, we demonstrate transitions from the candidate superconductor to Mott insulator and metallic phases. Our study shows that TLG/hBN heterostructures offer an attractive model system to explore rich correlated behavior emerging in the tunable triangular Hubbard model. read more

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Superconductivity Mesoscale and Nanoscale Physics Materials Science Strongly Correlated Electrons