Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy

 

Date of this Version

2011

Document Type

Article

Citation

PHYSICAL REVIEW B 83, 085410 (2011)

Comments

Used by permission.

Abstract

Adatoms offer an effective route to modify and engineer the properties of graphene. In this work, we create dilute fluorinated graphene using a clean, controlled, and reversible approach. At low carrier densities, the system is strongly localized and exhibits an unexpected, colossal negative magnetoresistance. The zero-field resistance is reduced by a factor of 40 at the highest field of 9 T and shows no sign of saturation. Unusual staircaselike field dependence is observed below 5 K. The magnetoresistance is highly anisotropic. These observations cannot be explained by existing theories, but likely require adatom-induced magnetism and/or a metal-insulator transition driven by quantum interference.

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