Moderate strain induced indirect bandgap and conduction electrons in MoS2 single layers

János Pető, Gergely Dobrik, Gergő Kukucska, Péter Vancsó, Antal A. Koós, János Koltai, Péter Nemes-Incze, Chanyong Hwang, Levente Tapasztó

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MoS2 single layers are valued for their sizeable direct bandgap at the heart of the envisaged electronic and optoelectronic applications. Here we experimentally demonstrate that moderate strain values (~2%) can already trigger an indirect bandgap transition and induce a finite charge carrier density in 2D MoS2 layers. A conclusive proof of the direct-to-indirect bandgap transition is provided by directly comparing the electronic and optical bandgaps of strained MoS2 single layers obtained from tunneling spectroscopy and photoluminescence measurements of MoS2 nanobubbles. Upon 2% biaxial tensile strain, the electronic gap becomes significantly smaller (1.45 ± 0.15 eV) than the optical direct gap (1.73 ± 0.1 eV), clearly evidencing a strain-induced direct to indirect bandgap transition. Moreover, the Fermi level can shift inside the conduction band already in moderately strained (~2%) MoS2 single layers conferring them a metallic character.

Original languageEnglish
Article number39
Journalnpj 2D Materials and Applications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2019


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Chemistry(all)

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