Tungsten ditelluride

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Tungsten(IV) telluride[1]
WTe2 crystals.jpg
Tungsten ditelluride structure.png
WTe2 has a layered crystal structure with two different W sites
Other names
tungsten ditelluride
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.031.884
EC Number 235-086-0
Molar mass 439.04 g/mol
Appearance gray crystals
Density 9.43 g/cm3, solid
Melting point 1,020 °C (1,870 °F; 1,290 K)
Solubility insoluble in ammonia
orthorhombic, oP12
Pmn21, No. 31
not listed
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Tungsten(IV) telluride (WTe2) is an inorganic semimetallic chemical compound. In October 2014, tungsten ditelluride was discovered to exhibit an extremely large magnetoresistance: 13 million percent with no known saturation point.[2] The resistance is proportional to the square of the magnetic field. This may be due to the material being the first example of a compensated semimetal, in which the number of mobile holes is the same as the number of electrons.[3] The structure of tungsten ditelluride is layered, and the substance can be exfoliated into thin sheets down to monolayers. However electrons can easily move between the layers, unlike in other two dimensional semiconductors. The fraction of charge carriers is 0.005 per formula unit (WTe2).[4]

When subjected to pressure, the magnetoresistance effect in WTe2 is reduced. At a pressure of 10.5 GPa magnetoresistance disappears. Above this same pressure of 10.5 GPa tungsten ditelluride can become a superconducter. At 13.0 GPa the transition to superconductivity happens below 6.5 K.[5] WTe2 was also recently predicted to be a Weyl semimetal and, in particular, to be the first example of a "Type II" Weyl semimetal, where the Weyl nodes exist at the intersection of the electron and hole pockets.[6]


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  6. ^ Soluyanov, Alexey A.; Gresch, Dominik; Wang, Zhijun; Wu, Quansheng; Troyer, Matthias; Dai, Xi; Bernevig, B. Andrei (2015). "Type-II Weyl semimetals". Nature. 527 (7579): 495. arXiv:1507.01603Freely accessible. Bibcode:2015Natur.527..495S. doi:10.1038/nature15768. PMID 26607545.