High-throughput characterization of transition metal dichalcogenide alloys: Thermodynamic stability and electronic band alignment

C. Linderälv, J. M. Rahm, and P. Erhart
Download PDF

Alloying offers a way to tune many of the properties of the transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) monolayers. While these systems in many cases have been thoroughly investigated previously, the fundamental understanding of critical temperatures, phase diagrams and band edge alignment is still incomplete. Based on first principles calculations and alloy cluster expansions we compute the phase diagrams 72 TMD monolayer alloys and classify the mixing behavior. We show that ordered phases in general are absent at room temperature but that there exists some alloys, which have a stable Janus phase at room temperature. Furthermore, for a subset of these alloys, we quantify the band edge bowing and show that the band edge positions for the mixing alloys can be continuously tuned in the range set by the boundary phases.