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The structural defects in two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides, including point defects, dislocations and grain boundaries, are scarcely considered regarding their potential to manipulate the electrical and optical properties of this class of materials, notwithstanding the significant advances already made. Indeed, impurities and vacancies may influence the exciton population, create disorder-induced localization, as well as modify the electrical behaviour of the material. Here we report on the experimental evidence, confirmed by ab initio calculations, that sulfur vacancies give rise to a novel near-infrared emission peak around 0.75 eV in exfoliated MoS 2 flakes. In addition, we demonstrate an excess of sulfur vacancies at the flake’s edges by means of cathodoluminescence mapping, aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy imaging and electron energy loss analyses. Moreover, we show that …
Nature Publishing Group
Publication date: 
4 Oct 2016

F Fabbri, E Rotunno, E Cinquanta, D Campi, E Bonnini, D Kaplan, L Lazzarini, M Bernasconi, C Ferrari, M Longo, G Nicotra, A Molle, V Swaminathan, G Salviati

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Volume: 7 Issue: 1 Pages: 1-7
Nature communications