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Thickness-Dependent Differential Reflectance Spectra of Monolayer and Few-Layer MoS2, MoSe2, WS2 and WSe2

Version 1 : Received: 13 August 2018 / Approved: 14 August 2018 / Online: 14 August 2018 (05:21:56 CEST)

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Niu, Y.; Gonzalez-Abad, S.; Frisenda, R.; Marauhn, P.; Drüppel, M.; Gant, P.; Schmidt, R.; Taghavi, N.S.; Barcons, D.; Molina-Mendoza, A.J.; de Vasconcellos, S.M.; Bratschitsch, R.; Perez De Lara, D.; Rohlfing, M.; Castellanos-Gomez, A. Thickness-Dependent Differential Reflectance Spectra of Monolayer and Few-Layer MoS2, MoSe2, WS2 and WSe2. Nanomaterials 2018, 8, 725. Niu, Y.; Gonzalez-Abad, S.; Frisenda, R.; Marauhn, P.; Drüppel, M.; Gant, P.; Schmidt, R.; Taghavi, N.S.; Barcons, D.; Molina-Mendoza, A.J.; de Vasconcellos, S.M.; Bratschitsch, R.; Perez De Lara, D.; Rohlfing, M.; Castellanos-Gomez, A. Thickness-Dependent Differential Reflectance Spectra of Monolayer and Few-Layer MoS2, MoSe2, WS2 and WSe2. Nanomaterials 2018, 8, 725.

Journal reference: Nanomaterials 2018, 8, 725
DOI: 10.3390/nano8090725

Abstract

The research field of two dimensional (2D) materials strongly relies on optical microscopy characterization tools to identify atomically thin materials and to determine their number of layers. Moreover, optical microscopy-based techniques also opened the door to study the optical properties of these nanomaterials. We present a comprehensive study of the differential reflectance spectra of 2D semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs), MoS2, MoSe2, WS2 and WSe2, with thickness ranging from one layer up to six layers. We analyze the thickness-dependent energy of the different excitonic features, indicating the change in the band structure of the different TMDC materials with the number of layers. Our work provides a route to employ differential reflectance spectroscopy for determining the number of layers of MoS2, MoSe2, WS2 and WSe2.

Subject Areas

2D materials; transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs); MoS2; WS2; MoSe2; WSe2; optical properties

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