We theoretically investigate a folded bilayer graphene structure as an experimentally realizable platform to produce the one-dimensional topological zero-line modes. We demonstrate that the folded bilayer graphene under an external gate potential enables tunable topologically conducting channels to be formed in the folded region, and that a perpendicular magnetic field can be used to enhance the conducting when external impurities are present. We also show experimentally that our proposed folded bilayer graphene structure can be fabricated in a controllable manner. Our proposed system greatly simplifies the technical difficulty in the original proposal by considering a planar bilayer graphene (i.e., precisely manipulating the alignment between vertical and lateral gates on bilayer graphene), laying out a strategy in designing practical low-power electronics by utilizing the gate-induced topological conducting channels.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics