N. Petrone, I. Meric, J. Hone, and K. L. Shepard, “Graphene Field-Effect Transistors with Gigahertz-Frequency Power Gain on Flexible Substrates,” Nano Letters, 12 (1), pp. 121-125. 2013.
The development of flexible electronics operating at radiofrequencies (RF) requires materials that combine excellent electronic performance and the ability to withstand high levels of strain. In this work, we fabricate graphene field-effect transistors (GFETs) on flexible substrates from graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD). Our devices demonstrate unity-current-gain frequencies, f T, and unity-power-gain frequencies, f max, up to 10.7 GHz and 3.7 GHz, respectively, with strain limits of 1.75%. These devices represent the only reported technology to achieve gigahertz-frequency power gain at strain levels above 0.5%. As such, they demonstrate the potential of CVD graphene to enable a broad range of flexible electronic technologies which require both high flexibility and RF operation.