Surfactant-aided exfoliation of molybdenum disulfide for ultrafast pulse generation through edge-state saturable absorption

R. C. T. Howe, R. I. Woodward, G. Hu, Z. Yang, E. J. R. Kelleher, T. Hasan: Surfactant-aided exfoliation of molybdenum disulfide for ultrafast pulse generation through edge-state saturable absorption. In: Physica Status Solidi (B) , vol. 253, no. 5, pp. 911, 2016.

Abstract

We use liquid phase exfoliation to produce dispersions of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) nanoflakes in aqueous surfactant solutions. The chemical structures of the bile salt surfactants play a crucial role in the exfoliation and stabilization of MoS2. The resultant MoS2 dispersions are heavily enriched in single and few-layer flakes with large edge to surface area ratio. We use the dispersions to fabricate free-standing polymer composite wide-band saturable absorbers to develop mode-locked and Q-switched fiber lasers, tunable from 1535 to 1565 and 1030 to 1070 nm, respectively. We attribute this sub-bandgap optical absorption and its nonlinear saturation behavior to edge-mediated states introduced within the material band-gap of the exfoliated MoS2 nanoflakes.

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@article{@Howe_2016_pssb,
title = {Surfactant-aided exfoliation of molybdenum disulfide for ultrafast pulse generation through edge-state saturable absorption},
author = {R. C. T. Howe and R. I. Woodward and G. Hu and Z. Yang and E. J. R. Kelleher and T. Hasan},
url = {https://www.riwoodward.com/publication_files/howe_2016_pssb.pdf},
doi = {10.1002/pssb.201552304},
year  = {2016},
date = {2016-01-11},
journal = {Physica Status Solidi (B) },
volume = {253},
number = {5},
pages = {911},
abstract = {We use liquid phase exfoliation to produce dispersions of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) nanoflakes in aqueous surfactant solutions. The chemical structures of the bile salt surfactants play a crucial role in the exfoliation and stabilization of MoS2. The resultant MoS2 dispersions are heavily enriched in single and few-layer flakes with large edge to surface area ratio. We use the dispersions to fabricate free-standing polymer composite wide-band saturable absorbers to develop mode-locked and Q-switched fiber lasers, tunable from 1535 to 1565 and 1030 to 1070 nm, respectively. We attribute this sub-bandgap optical absorption and its nonlinear saturation behavior to edge-mediated states introduced within the material band-gap of the exfoliated MoS2 nanoflakes.},
keywords = {MoS2},
pubstate = {published},
tppubtype = {article}
}