Fast and reliable identification of atomically thin layers of TaSe2 crystals
atomically thin layer, metal dichalcogenide, layered superconductor, TaSe2, optical microscopy, Raman spectroscopy
ABSTRACT Deposition of clean and defect-free atomically thin two-dimensional crystalline flakes on surfaces by mechanical exfoliation of layered bulk materials has proven to be a powerful technique, but it requires a fast, reliable and non-destructive way to identify the atomically thin flakes among a crowd of thick flakes. In this work, we provide general guidelines to identify ultrathin flakes of TaSe2 by means of optical microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. Additionally, we determine the optimal substrates to facilitate the optical identification of atomically thin TaSe2 crystals. Experimental realization and isolation of ultrathin layers of TaSe2 enables future studies on the role of the dimensionality in interesting phenomena such as superconductivity and charge density waves.
Tsinghua University Press
Andres Castellanos-Gomez,Efrén Navarro-Moratalla,Guillermo Mokry,Jorge Quereda,Elena Pinilla-Cienfuegos,Nicolás Agraït,Herre S. J. van der Zant,Eugenio Coronado,Gary A. Steele,Gabino Rubio-Bollinger, Fast and reliable identification of atomically thin layers of TaSe2 crystals. NanoRes.2013, 6(3): 191–199