Atomic and electronic properties of quasi-one-dimensional MoS<sub>2</sub> nanowires

Journal Of Materials Research 28, 240 - 249 (2013)

Atomic and electronic properties of quasi-one-dimensional MoS2 nanowires

L. Fernandez Seivane, H. Barron, S. Botti, M.A.L. Marques, A. Rubio, X. Lopez-Lozano

The structural, electronic and magnetic properties of quasi-one-dimensional MoS2 nanowires, passivated by extra sulfur, have been determined using ab initio density-functional theory. The nanostructures were simulated using several different models based on experimental electron microscopy images. It is found that independently of the geometrical details and the coverage of extra sulfur at the Mo-edge, metallic states are predominant in all the low-energy model structures despite their reduced dimensionality. These quasi-one-dimensional metallic states are localized mainly at the edges. However, the electronic and magnetic character of the NWs does not depend only on the S saturation but also on the symmetry configuration of the S edge atoms. Our results show that for the same S saturation the magnetization can be decreased by increasing the pairing of the S and Mo edge atoms. In spite of the observed pairing of S dimers at the Mo-edge, the nanowires do not experience a Peierls-like metal-insulator transition

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