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Title: Traces of charge density waves in NbS 2

Among transition metal dichalcogenides (TMD), NbS 2 is often considered as the archetypal compound that does not have a charge density wave (CDW) in any of its polytypes. By comparison, close isoelectronic compounds such as NbSe 2, TaS 2, and TaSe 2 all have CDW in at least one polytype. Here we report traces of CDW in the 2H polytype of NbS 2, using diffuse x-ray scattering measurements at 77 K and room temperature. We observe 12 extremely weak satellite peaks located at ±13.9° from a* and b* around each Bragg peak in the (h,k,0) plane. These satellite peaks are commensurate with the lattice via 3 q– q'= a*, where q' is the 120° rotation of q, and define two √13a × √13a superlattices in real space. These commensurate wave vectors and tilt angle are identical to those of the CDW observed in the 1T polytype of TaS 2 and TaSe 2. In conclusion, to understand this similarity and the faintness of the peaks, we discuss possible sources of local 1T polytype environment in bulk 2H-NbS 2 crystals.
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  1. Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble (France); Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. Institut des Materiaux de Nantes, Nantes (France)
  3. The European Synchrotron, Grenoble (France)
  4. Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble (France)
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Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9950; PRBMDO
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review B
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 97; Journal Issue: 19; Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9950
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
Universities/Institutions; USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; Material Science
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