We present in-depth measurements of the electronic band structure of the transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) MoS2 and WS2 using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, with focus on the energy splittings in their valence bands at the K point of the Brillouin zone. Experimental results are interpreted in terms of our parallel first-principles computations. We find that interlayer interaction only weakly contributes to the splitting in bulk WS2, resolving previous debates on its relative strength. We additionally find that across a range of TMDs, the band gap generally decreases with increasing magnitude of the valence-band splitting, molecular mass, or ratio of the out-of-plane to in-plane lattice constant. Our results provide an important reference for future studies of electronic properties of MoS2 and WS2 and their applications in spintronics and valleytronics devices.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2015 Jun 11|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics