Impurity scattering and Mott's formula in graphene
Journal article, 2007

We present calculations of the thermal and electric linear response in graphene, including disorder in the self-consistent t-matrix approximation. For strong impurity scattering, near the unitary limit, the formation of a band of impurity states near the Fermi level leads to that Mott’s relation holds at low temperature. For higher temperatures, there are strong deviations due to the linear density of states. The low-temperature thermopower is proportional to the inverse of the impurity potential and the inverse of the impurity density. Information about impurity scattering in graphene can be extracted from the thermopower, either measured directly or extracted via Mott’s relation from the electron-density dependence of the electric conductivity.

impurity states


thermoelectric power

impurity scattering

Fermi level

electronic density of states


Tomas Löfwander

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Electronics Material and Systems

Mikael Fogelström

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Applied Quantum Physics

Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics

1098-0121 (ISSN)

Vol. 76 193401-

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Physical Sciences



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