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Theoretical insights into tunable electronic and optical properties of Janus Al2SSe monolayer through strain and electric field

Authors: 

Le Cong Nhan, Cuong Q. Nguyen, Nguyen V. Hieu, Huynh V. Phuc, Chuong V. Nguyen, Nguyen N. Hieu, Tuan V. Vu, Hong T. T. Nguyen

Source title: 
Optik, 238: 166761, 2021 (ISI)
Academic year of acceptance: 
2020-2021
Abstract: 

Motivated by the successful experimental fabrication of Janus structures recently, a systematic study of the structural, electronic, and optical properties of the Janus Al2SSe monolayer has been done through first-principles approach. Through phonon spectrum and ab initio molecular dynamics analysis, Al2SSe was confirmed to be dynamically and thermally stable. The Janus Al2SSe monolayer exhibits a semiconducting characteristics with indirect band gap of 2.079 eV at equilibrium. While biaxial strain can significantly alter band gap, the influence of electric field on electronic as well as optical properties is negligible. The optical absorbance of Al2SSe is activated in the visible light region and its intensity can be enhanced by strain. Our findings only highlight the physical properties but also provide an effective way for tuning the electronic and optical properties of Al2SSe monolayer by strain engineering.