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Chemical ordering and pressure-induced isostructural and electronic transitions in MoSSe crystal

Bera, A and Singh, A and Sorb, YA and Jenjeti, RN and Muthu, DVS and Sampath, S and Narayana, C and Waghmare, UV and Sood, AK (2020) Chemical ordering and pressure-induced isostructural and electronic transitions in MoSSe crystal. In: Physical Review B, 102 (1).

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Official URL: https://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.102.014103


Isostructural transitions in layered MX2 compounds are governed by competing van der Waals (vdW) and Coulomb interactions. While an isostructural transition (at P� 20 GPa) has been observed before metallization in MoS2 when subjected to pressure, it is surprisingly missing in layered MoSe2 and MoTe2. Using synchrotron x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopic measurements of structural and vibrational properties of layered MoSSe crystals subjected to pressures up to 30 GPa and first-principles density functional theoretical analysis, we demonstrate a layer sliding isostructural transition from its 2Hc� structure (space group P63mc) to a mixed-phase of 2Ha�+2Hc� at P� 10.8 GPa, marked by discontinuity in lattice parameters, pressure coefficients of Raman modes, and accompanying changes in electronic structure. The origin of the unusually lower transition pressure of MoSSe compared with MoS2 is shown to be linked to chemical ordering of S and Se atoms on the anionic sublattice, possible because of moderate lattice mismatch between the parent compounds MoS2 and MoSe2 and large interlayer space in the vdW-bonded structure. Notably, we also report a lower-pressure transition observed at P�3 GPa and not reported earlier in the isostructural Mo-based chalcogenides, marked by a discontinuity in the pressure coefficient of the c/a ratio and indirect band gap. The transition observed at P�10.8 GPa appears due to the change in the sign of the pressure coefficient of the direct band gap originating from inversion of the lowest-energy conduction bands. Our theoretical analysis shows that the phase transition at P�18 GPa marked by sharp changes in pressure coefficients of A1 Raman modes is associated with the metallization of the 2Ha� phase.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Physical Review B
Publisher: American Physical Society
Additional Information: The copyright of this article belongs to American Physical Society
Keywords: Crystal atomic structure; Crystals; Density functional theory; Electronic structure; Energy gap; Inorganic compounds; Lattice mismatch; Layered semiconductors; Metallizing; Molybdenum compounds; Selenium compounds; Spectroscopic analysis; Tellurium compounds; Van der Waals forces, Density functionals; Electronic transition; Iso-structural transition; Pressure coefficients; Raman spectroscopic; Synchrotron x ray diffraction; Transition pressure; Vibrational properties, Sulfur compounds
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2020 10:09
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2020 10:09
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/66259

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