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After the recent finding that CrI 3, displays ferromagnetic order down to its monolayer, extensive studies have followed to pursue new two-dimensional (2D) magnetic materials. In this article, we report on the growth of single crystal CrCl 3 in the layered monoclinic phase. The system after mechanical exfoliation exhibits stability in ambient air (the degradation occurs on a time scale at least four orders of magnitude longer than is observed for CrI 3). By means of mechanical cleavage and atomic force microscopy (AFM) combined with optical identification, we demonstrate the systematic isolation of single and few layer flakes onto 270 nm and 285 nm SiO 2/Si~(100) substrates with lateral size larger than graphene flakes isolated with the same method. The layer number identification has been carried with statistically significant data, quantifying the optical contrast as a function of the number of layers for up to six layers …
IOP Publishing
Publication date: 
9 Mar 2020

Shafaq Kazim, Mushtaq Ali, Stefano Palleschi, Gianluca D'Olimpio, Dario Mastrippolito, Antonio Politano, Roberto Gunnella, Andrea Di Cicco, Marco Renzelli, Giuseppe Moccia, Onofrio Antonino Cacioppo, Roberto Alfonsetti, Judyta Strychalska-Nowak, Tomasz Klimczuk, Robert Cava, Luca Ottaviano

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