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Probing angle-dependent thermal conductivity in twisted bilayer MoSe2

Mandal, M and Maity, N and Barman, PK and Srivastava, A and Singh, AK and Nayak, PK and Sethupathi, K (2023) Probing angle-dependent thermal conductivity in twisted bilayer MoSe2. In: Physical Review B, 108 (11).

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.108.115439


Twisted bilayer (t-BL) transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) have attracted considerable attention in recent years due to their distinctive electronic properties, which arise due to the moiré superlattices that lead to the emergence of flat bands and correlated electron phenomena. Also, these materials can exhibit interesting thermal properties, including a reduction in thermal conductivity. In this paper, we report the thermal conductivity of monolayer (1L) and t-BL MoSe2 at some specific twist angles around two symmetric stacking AB (0∘) and AB′ (60∘) and one intermediate angle (31∘) using the optothermal Raman technique. The observed thermal conductivity values are found to be 13±1, 23±3, and 30±4Wm-1K-1 for twist angle [θ]=58∘, 31∘, and 3∘, respectively, which are well supported by our first-principles calculation results. The reduction in thermal conductivity in t-BL MoSe2 compared to monolayer (38±4Wm-1K-1) can be explained by the occurrence of phonon scattering caused by the formation of a moiré superlattice. Herein, the emergence of multiple folded phonon branches and modification in the Brillouin zone caused by in-plane rotation are also accountable for the decrease in thermal conductivity observed in t-BL MoSe2. The theoretical phonon lifetime study and electron localization function analysis further reveals the origin of angle-dependent thermal conductivity in t-BL MoSe2. This work paves the way towards tuning the angle-dependent thermal conductivity for any bilayer TMDCs system. © 2023 American Physical Society.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Physical Review B
Publisher: American Physical Society
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to the Authors.
Keywords: Electronic properties; Monolayers; Phonons; Thermal conductivity, reductions; Angle-dependent; Correlated electrons; Dichalcogenides; Flat band; Raman techniques; Stackings; Symmetrics; Twist angles; Twisted bilayers, Transition metals
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Materials Research Centre
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2023 11:26
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2023 11:26
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/83417

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