Mechanical manipulation and exfoliation of boron nitride flakes by micro-plowing with an AFM tip

JO Island, GA Steele, HSJ van der Zant, A Castellanos-Gomez

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We demonstrate a simple method to manipulate and exfoliate thick hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) flakes using an atomic force microscope (AFM) cantilever and tip mounted to a micromanipulator stage. Thick flakes of tens to hundreds of nanometers can be thinned down to large area, few-layer and monolayer flakes. We characterize the resulting thinned-down flakes using AFM and Raman spectroscopy. This technique is extendable to other two dimensional, van der Waals materials
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalScience Letters Journal
Issue number163
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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