Beyond Graphene: Low-Symmetry and Anisotropic 2D Materials

Salvador Barraza-Lopez, Fengnian Xia, Wenjuan Zhu, Han Wang

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Low-symmetry 2D materials-such as ReS 2 and ReSe 2 monolayers, black phosphorus monolayers, group-IV monochalcogenide monolayers, borophene, among others-have more complex atomistic structures than the honeycomb lattices of graphene, hexagonal boron nitride, and transition metal dichalcogenides. The reduced symmetries of these emerging materials give rise to inhomogeneous electron, optical, valley, and spin responses, as well as entirely new properties such as ferroelasticity, ferroelectricity, magnetism, spin-wave phenomena, large nonlinear optical properties, photogalvanic effects, and superconductivity. Novel electronic topological properties, nonlinear elastic properties, and structural phase transformations can also take place due to low symmetry. The "Beyond Graphene: Low-Symmetry and Anisotropic 2D Materials"Special Topic was assembled to highlight recent experimental and theoretical research on these emerging materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number140401
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number14
StatePublished - Oct 14 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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