Effects of defects on heat conduction of graphene/hexagonal boron nitride heterointerface

YC Pan and L Li and XM Yuan and J Guo and P Yang, PHYSICS LETTERS A, 384, 126774 (2020).

DOI: 10.1016/j.physleta.2020.126774

We investigate the effects of point defects on the Interface Thermal Resistance (ITR) of graphene/hexagonal boron nitride (G/h-BN) heterointerface with various stacking forms by ultrafast thermal pulse method. The results reveal that the ITR of different stacking forms presents a significant downward trend with the existence of point defects. This counterintuitive behavior is attributed to the defects increase the vibration intensity of out-of-plane phonons of graphene in low-frequency region, thus enhancing the phonons coupling between graphene and h-BN layer. ITR of G/h-BN is further reduced by 50% with the defect rate increases from 0% to 5% and that is reduced by 65% with the temperature rises from 200 K to 700 K. Besides, it is found that the defective G/h-BN has thermal rectification characteristic and that is positively related to temperature and defect rate. Our study provides a practical way for the application of defects in graphene and a new approach for the design of thermal rectifier devices. (C) 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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