Reduction of spectral phonon relaxation times from suspended to supported graphene

B Qiu and XL Ruan, APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 100, 193101 (2012).

DOI: 10.1063/1.4712041

We have performed molecular dynamics simulations with phonon spectral analysis to predict the mode-wise phonon relaxation times (RT) of suspended and supported graphene at room temperature, and the findings are consistent with recent optical measurements. For acoustic phonons, RTs reduce from up to 50 ps to less than 5 ps when graphene is put on silicon dioxide substrate. Similarly, optical phonon RTs reduce by half when supported. Stronger interfacial bonding is found to result in more RT reduction. Our results provide a fundamental understanding at the spectral phonon property level for the observed thermal conductivity reduction in supported graphene. (C) 2012 American Institute of Physics.

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