Force and light tuning vertical tunneling current in the atomic layered MoS2

Feng Li, Zhixing Lu, Yann Wen Lan, Liying Jiao, Minxuan Xu, Xiaoyang Zhu, Xiankun Zhang, Hualin Wu, Junjie Qi

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In this work, the vertical electrical transport behavior of bilayer MoS2 under the coupling of force and light was explored by the use of conductive atomic force microscopy. We found that the current-voltage behavior across the tip-MoS2-Pt junction is a tunneling current that can be well fitted by a Simmons approximation. The transport behavior is direct tunneling at low bias and Fowler-Nordheim tunneling at high bias, and the transition voltage and tunnel barrier height are extracted. The effect of force and light on the effective band gap of the junction is investigated. Furthermore, the source-drain current drops surprisingly when we continually increase the force, and the dropping point is altered by the provided light. This mechanism is responsible for the tuning of tunneling barrier height and width by force and light. These results provide a new way to design devices that take advantage of ultrathin two-dimensional materials. Ultrashort channel length electronic components that possess tunneling current are important for establishing high-efficiency electronic and optoelectronic systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number275202
Issue number27
Publication statusPublished - 2018 May 4


  • MoS
  • force
  • light
  • tunneling current

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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