In-Plane Optical Anisotropy and Linear Dichroism in Low-Symmetry Layered TlSe

Shengxue Yang, Chunguang Hu, Minghui Wu, Wanfu Shen, Sefaattin Tongay, Kedi Wu, Bin Wei, Zhaoyang Sun, Chengbao Jiang, Li Huang, Zhongchang Wang

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In-plane anisotropy of layered materials adds another dimension to their applications, opening up avenues in diverse angle-resolved devices. However, to fulfill a strong inherent in-plane anisotropy in layered materials still poses a significant challenge, as it often requires a low-symmetry nature of layered materials. Here, we report the fabrication of a member of layered semiconducting AIIIBVI compounds, TlSe, that possesses a low-symmetry tetragonal structure and investigate its anisotropic light-matter interactions. We first identify the in-plane Raman intensity anisotropy of thin-layer TlSe, offering unambiguous evidence that the anisotropy is sensitive to crystalline orientation. Further in-situ azimuth-dependent reflectance difference microscopy enables the direct evaluation of in-plane optical anisotropy of layered TlSe, and we demonstrate that the TlSe shows a linear dichroism under polarized absorption spectra arising from an in-plane anisotropic optical property. As a direct result of the linear dichroism, we successfully fabricate TlSe devices for polarization-sensitive photodetection. The discovery of layered TlSe with a strong in-plane anisotropy not only facilitates its applications in linear dichroic photodetection but opens up more possibilities for other functional device applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8798-8807
Number of pages10
JournalACS nano
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 28 2018


  • TlSe
  • anisotropy
  • linear dichroism
  • low-symmetry layered material
  • polarization-sensitive photodetector

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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