Molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) is a promising material for heterogeneous catalysis and novel twodimensional (2D) optoelectronic devices. In this work, we synthesized single-layer (SL) MoS2 structures on Au(111) by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) under ultra-high vacuum (UHV) conditions. By controlling the PLD process, we were able to tune the sample morphology from low-coverage SL nanocrystals to largearea SL films uniformly wetting the whole substrate surface. We investigated the obtained MoS2 structures at the nanometer and atomic scales by means of in situ scanning tunneling microscopy/ spectroscopy (STM/STS) measurements, to study the interaction between SL MoS2 and Au(111)—which for example influences MoS2 lattice orientation—the structure of point defects and the formation of inplane MoS2/Au heterojunctions. Raman spectroscopy, performed ex situ on large-area SL MoS2, revealed significant modifications of the in-plane E1 2g and out-of-plane A1g vibrational modes, possibly related to strain and doping effects. Charge transfer between SL MoS2 and Au is also likely responsible for the total suppression of excitonic emission, observed by photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy.

Pulsed laser deposition of single-layer MoS2 on Au(111): from nanosized crystals to large-area films

Francesco Tumino;Carlo S. Casari;Matteo Passoni;Valeria Russo;Andrea Li Bassi
2019

Abstract

Molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) is a promising material for heterogeneous catalysis and novel twodimensional (2D) optoelectronic devices. In this work, we synthesized single-layer (SL) MoS2 structures on Au(111) by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) under ultra-high vacuum (UHV) conditions. By controlling the PLD process, we were able to tune the sample morphology from low-coverage SL nanocrystals to largearea SL films uniformly wetting the whole substrate surface. We investigated the obtained MoS2 structures at the nanometer and atomic scales by means of in situ scanning tunneling microscopy/ spectroscopy (STM/STS) measurements, to study the interaction between SL MoS2 and Au(111)—which for example influences MoS2 lattice orientation—the structure of point defects and the formation of inplane MoS2/Au heterojunctions. Raman spectroscopy, performed ex situ on large-area SL MoS2, revealed significant modifications of the in-plane E1 2g and out-of-plane A1g vibrational modes, possibly related to strain and doping effects. Charge transfer between SL MoS2 and Au is also likely responsible for the total suppression of excitonic emission, observed by photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy.
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