Strong enhancement of Raman scattering from a bulk-inactive vibrational mode in few-layer MoTe2

Mahito Yamamoto*, Sheng Tsung Wang, Meiyan Ni, Yen Fu Lin, Song Lin Li, Shinya Aikawa, Wen-Bin Jian, Keiji Ueno, Katsunori Wakabayashi, Kazuhito Tsukagoshi

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Two-dimensional layered crystals could show phonon properties that are markedly distinct from those of their bulk counterparts, because of the loss of periodicities along the c-axis directions. Here we investigate the phonon properties of bulk and atomically thin α-MoTe2 using Raman spectroscopy. The Raman spectrum of α-MoTe2 shows a prominent peak of the in-plane E12g mode, with its frequency upshifting with decreasing thickness down to the atomic scale, similar to other dichalcogenides. Furthermore, we find large enhancement of the Raman scattering from the out-of-plane B12g mode in the atomically thin layers. The B12g mode is Raman inactive in the bulk, but is observed to become active in the few-layer films. The intensity ratio of the B12g to E12g peaks evolves significantly with decreasing thickness, in contrast with other dichalcogenides. Our observations point to strong effects of dimensionality on the phonon properties of MoTe2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3895-3903
Number of pages9
JournalACS Nano
Issue number4
StatePublished - 22 Apr 2014


  • Raman spectroscopy
  • density functional theory
  • molybdenum ditelluride
  • transition metal dichalcogenides
  • MoS2
  • MoSe2
  • WSe2


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