Effects of static charging and exfoliation of layered crystals

M. Topsakal, S. Ciraci

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Using a first-principle plane-wave method we investigate the effects of static charging on the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of suspended, single-layer graphene, graphane, fluorographene, BN, and MoS 2 in a honeycomb structure. The limitations of periodic boundary conditions in the treatment of negatively charged layers are clarified. Upon positive charging, the band gaps between the conduction and valence bands increase, but the single-layer nanostructures become metallic owing to the Fermi level dipping below the maximum of valence band. Moreover, their bond lengths increase, leading to phonon softening. As a result, the frequencies of Raman active modes are lowered. A high level of positive charging leads to structural instabilities in single-layer nanostructures, since their specific phonon modes attain imaginary frequencies. Similarly, excess positive charge is accumulated at the outermost layers of metallized BN and MoS 2 sheets comprising a few layers. Once the charging exceeds a threshold value, the outermost layers are exfoliated. Charge relocation and repulsive force generation are in compliance with classical theories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number045121
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 20 2012
Externally publishedYes


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