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Title: Effect of gamma irradiation on the physical properties of MoS 2 monolayer
Two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (2D-TMDs) have been proposed as novel optoelectronic materials for space applications due to their relatively light weight. MoS2 has been shown to have excellent semiconducting and photonic properties. Although the strong interaction of ionizing gamma radiation with bulk materials has been demonstrated, understanding its effect on atomically thin materials has scarcely been investigated. Here, we report the effect of gamma irradiation on the structural and electronic properties of a monolayer of MoS2. We perform Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) studies of MoS2, before and after gamma ray irradiation with varying doses and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The Raman spectra and XPS results demonstrate that point defects dominate after the gamma irradiation of MoS2. DFT calculations elucidate the electronic properties of MoS2 before and after irradiation. Our work makes several contributions to the field of 2D materials research. First, our study of the electronic density of states and the electronic properties of a MoS2 monolayer irradiated by gamma rays sheds light on the properties of a MoS2 monolayer under gamma irradiation. Second, our study confirms that point defects are formed as a result of gamma irradiation. And third, our DFT calculations qualitatively suggest that the conductivity of the MoS2 monolayer may increase after gamma irradiation due to the creation of additional defect states.  more » « less
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Royal Society of Chemistry
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Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
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22359 to 22369
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National Science Foundation
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