Spectroscopic and structural dynamics of MoS2 thin films

Arslan Usman*, Shumaila Karamat, Abdul Sattar, Afshan Ashfaq, Muhammad Rafique, Judith Dawes

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    A promising two-dimensional material for applications in optoelectronic and photonics, MoS2 is in focus since last decade. Its optical, structural and electronic properties are of practical importance along with its exciton dynamics. MoS2 thin films were synthesized with Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) technique on Si/SiO2 substrates. The thickness dependent regularities were controlled and examined to quantitatively control the film quality with thickness variation. Various characterization techniques were employed to investigate structural and morphological changes induced systematically to reveal the van der waal stacked layers of MoS2 material. The In-plane characteristic mode E12g and out of plane A1g vibrational modes were detected in different configurations of film's structure. Optical absorption spectra gave us information on photon energy with the absorbance; extrapolation of this curve gave optical bandgap (Eg) in the form of Tauc plot. These energies can be associated to interband electronic transitions in the Brillouin zone. The intrinsic excitonic response as a consequence of layer stacking and velly indexing can be attributed to this change in bandgap from 1.68 to 1.91 eV. Surface morphology of the as-grown films also provides better understanding of MoS2 material with root mean square (RMS) roughness in the range of 1.32 to 3.85 nm.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)74-79
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Nano Research
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019


    • 2D materials
    • Bandgap tuneability
    • CVD
    • Surface morphology
    • Raman spectroscopy


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