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Laser-induced particle adsorption on atomically thin MoS2



Bien Cuong Tran Khac, Ki-Joon Jeon, Seung Tae Choi, Yong Soo Kim, Frank W. DelRio, Koo-Hyun Chung


Atomically thin molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) shows great potential for use in nano-devices due to its remarkable electronic, optoelectronic, and mechanical properties. These material properties are often dependent on the thickness or the number of layers, and hence Raman spectroscopy is widely used to characterize the thickness of atomically thin MoS2 due to the sensitivity of the vibrational spectrum to thickness. However, the lasers used in Raman spectroscopy can increase the local surface temperature and eventually damage the upper layers of the MoS2, thereby changing the aforementioned material properties. In this work, the effects of lasers on the topography and material properties of atomically thin MoS2 were systematically investigated using Raman spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. In detail, friction force microscopy was used to study the friction characteristics of atomically thin MoS2 as a function of laser powers from 0.5 mW to 20 mW and number of layers from 1 to 3. It was found that particles formed on the top surface of the atomically thin MoS2 due to laser-induced thermal effects. The degree of particle formation increased as the laser power increased, prior to the thinning of the atomically thin MoS2. In addition, the degree of particle formation increased as the number of MoS2 layers increased, which suggests that the thermal behavior of the supported MoS2 may differ depending on the number of layers. The particles likely originated from the atmosphere due to laser-induced heating, but could be eliminated via appropriate laser powers and exposure times, which were determined experimentally. The outcomes of this work indicate that thermal management is crucial in the design of reliable nano-scale devices based on atomically thin MoS2.
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces


adsorbates, friction force microscopy, laser power, Raman spectroscopy, thermal conductivity


Tran Khac, B. , Jeon, K. , Tae Choi, S. , Kim, Y. , DelRio, F. and Chung, K. (2016), Laser-induced particle adsorption on atomically thin MoS2, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, [online], (Accessed April 17, 2024)
Created May 2, 2016, Updated October 12, 2021