Growth temperature dependent graphene alignment on Ir(111)
The morphology of graphene monolayers on Ir(111) prepared by thermal decomposition of ethylene between 1000 and 1530 K was studied with high resolution low energy electron diffraction. In addition to a well-oriented epitaxial phase, randomly oriented domains are observed for growth temperatures between 1255 and 1460 K. For rotational angles of ±3° around 30° these domains lock-in in a 30° oriented epitaxial phase. Below 1200 K the graphene layer exhibits high disorder and structural disintegrity. Above 1500 K the clear moiré spots reflect graphene in a single orientation epitaxial incommensurate phase.
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