Giant valley drifts in uniaxially strained monolayer MoS2

Qingyun Zhang, Yingchun Cheng, Liyong Gan, Udo Schwingenschlögl

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Using first-principles calculations, we study the electronic structure of monolayer MoS2 under uniaxial strain. We show that the energy valleys drift far off the corners of the Brillouin zone (K points), about 12 times the amount observed in graphene. Therefore, it is essential to take this effect into consideration for a correct identification of the band gap. The system remains a direct band gap semiconductor up to 4% uniaxial strain, while the size of the band gap decreases from 1.73 to 1.54 eV. We also demonstrate that the splitting of the valence bands due to inversion symmetry breaking and spin-orbit coupling is not sensitive to strain.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number24
StatePublished - Dec 30 2013


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