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Effect of Carrier Localization on Electrical Transport and Noise at Individual Grain Boundaries in Monolayer MoS2

Hsieh, Kimberly and Kochat, Vidya and Zhang, Xiang and Gong, Yongji and Tiwary, Chandra Sekhar and Ajayan, Pulickel M and Ghosh, Arindam (2017) Effect of Carrier Localization on Electrical Transport and Noise at Individual Grain Boundaries in Monolayer MoS2. In: NANO LETTERS, 17 (9). pp. 5452-5457.

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Official URL: http://doi.org/10.1021/acs.nanolett.7602099


Despite its importance in the large-scale synthesis of transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDC) molecular layers, the generic quantum effects on electrical transport across individual grain boundaries (GBs) in TMDC monolayers remain unclear. Here we demonstrate that strong carrier localization due to the increased density of defects determines both temperature dependence of electrical transport and low-frequency noise at the GBs of chemical vapor deposition (CVD)-grown MoS2 layers. Using field effect devices designed to explore transport across individual GBs, we show that the localization length of electrons in the GB region is similar to 30-70% lower than that within the grain, even though the room temperature conductance across the GB, oriented perpendicular to the overall flow of current, may be lower or higher than the intragrain region. Remarkably, we find that the stronger localization is accompanied by nearly 5 orders of magnitude enhancement in the low-frequency noise at the GB region, which increases exponentially when the temperature is reduced. The microscopic framework of electrical transport and noise developed in this paper may be readily extended to other strongly localized two-dimensional systems, including other members of the TMDC family.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: NANO LETTERS
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 1155 16TH ST, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20036 USA
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2017 04:52
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 04:52
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/58024

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