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Enhanced superconductivity in atomically thin TaS2

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Communications, March 2016
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Enhanced superconductivity in atomically thin TaS2
Published in
Nature Communications, March 2016
DOI 10.1038/ncomms11043
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Efrén Navarro-Moratalla, Joshua O. Island, Samuel Mañas-Valero, Elena Pinilla-Cienfuegos, Andres Castellanos-Gomez, Jorge Quereda, Gabino Rubio-Bollinger, Luca Chirolli, Jose Angel Silva-Guillén, Nicolás Agraït, Gary A. Steele, Francisco Guinea, Herre S. J. van der Zant, Eugenio Coronado


The ability to exfoliate layered materials down to the single layer limit has presented the opportunity to understand how a gradual reduction in dimensionality affects the properties of bulk materials. Here we use this top-down approach to address the problem of superconductivity in the two-dimensional limit. The transport properties of electronic devices based on 2H tantalum disulfide flakes of different thicknesses are presented. We observe that superconductivity persists down to the thinnest layer investigated (3.5 nm), and interestingly, we find a pronounced enhancement in the critical temperature from 0.5 to 2.2 K as the layers are thinned down. In addition, we propose a tight-binding model, which allows us to attribute this phenomenon to an enhancement of the effective electron-phonon coupling constant. This work provides evidence that reducing the dimensionality can strengthen superconductivity as opposed to the weakening effect that has been reported in other 2D materials so far.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 <1%
Netherlands 2 <1%
Iran, Islamic Republic of 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Unknown 288 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 96 33%
Researcher 52 18%
Student > Master 29 10%
Professor > Associate Professor 19 6%
Professor 18 6%
Other 42 14%
Unknown 38 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Physics and Astronomy 150 51%
Materials Science 54 18%
Chemistry 26 9%
Engineering 15 5%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 <1%
Other 6 2%
Unknown 41 14%

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