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See detailExcitonic-insulator instability and Peierls distortion in one-dimensional semimetals
Barborini, Matteo UL; Calandra, Matteo; Mauri, Francesco et al

in Physical Review. B (2022), 105(7), 075122

The charge density wave instability in one-dimensional semimetals is usually explained through a Peierls-like mechanism, where the coupling of electrons and phonons induces a periodic lattice distortion ... [more ▼]

The charge density wave instability in one-dimensional semimetals is usually explained through a Peierls-like mechanism, where the coupling of electrons and phonons induces a periodic lattice distortion along certain modes of vibration, leading to a gap opening in the electronic band structure and to a lowering of the symmetry of the lattice. In this work, we study two prototypical Peierls systems: the one-dimensional carbon chain and the monatomic hydrogen chain with accurate ab initio calculations based on quantum Monte Carlo and hybrid density functional theory. We demonstrate that in one-dimensional semimetals at T=0, a purely electronic instability can exist independently of a lattice distortion. It is induced by spontaneous formation of low energy electron-hole pairs resulting in the electronic band gap opening, i.e., the destabilization of the semimetallic phase is due to an excitonic mechanism. [less ▲]

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See detailCollective electronic excitations in charge density wave systems: The case of CuTe
Cudazzo, Pier Luigi UL; Wirtz, Ludger UL

in Physical Review. B (2021), 104(12), 125101

The study of neutral electronic excitations directly probed by electron energy loss spectroscopy experiments allows obtaining important insight about the physical origin of the charge density wave (CDW ... [more ▼]

The study of neutral electronic excitations directly probed by electron energy loss spectroscopy experiments allows obtaining important insight about the physical origin of the charge density wave (CDW) transition in solids. In particular it allows us to disentangle purely phononic mechanisms from the excitonic insulator scenario which is associated to a purely electronic mechanism. As a matter of fact, while the the loss function of the excitonic insulators should display negative dispersive features associated to the softening of neutral electronic excitations at the CDW wave vector above the critical temperature, no softening is expected when the driving force is purely phononic. Here we perform a microscopic analysis of the dynamical charge response of CuTe, a material that displays a low-temperature Peierls-like CDW instability. By means of first-principles time-dependent density functional calculations of the loss function, we characterize the plasmon dispersion along the different directions, highlighting the role of the intrinsic structural anisotropy and the effects of the crystal local fields that are responsible for the periodic reappearance of the spectra of the first Brillouin zone as well as the formation of an acousticlike plasmon. Finally, we demonstrate that also in this system, in analogy with other materials displaying excitonic insulator instability, the low energy region of the loss function presents negative dispersive structures at momentum transfer close to the CDW wave vector. This is a feature common to both excitonic insulator transition and Peierls distortion that further highlights how the difference between the two mechanisms is at most quantitative. [less ▲]

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See detailTime-Dependent Screening Explains the Ultrafast Excitonic Signal Rise in 2D Semiconductors
Smejkal, Valerie; Libisch, Florian; Molina-Sanchez, Alejandro et al

in ACS Nano (2021), 15(1), 1179--1185

We calculate the time evolution of the transient reflection signal in an MoS2 monolayer on a SiO2/Si substrate using first-principles out-of-equilibrium real-time methods. Our simulations provide a simple ... [more ▼]

We calculate the time evolution of the transient reflection signal in an MoS2 monolayer on a SiO2/Si substrate using first-principles out-of-equilibrium real-time methods. Our simulations provide a simple and intuitive physical picture for the delayed, yet ultrafast, evolution of the signal whose rise time depends on the excess energy of the pump laser: at laser energies above the A- and B-exciton, the pump pulse excites electrons and holes far away from the K valleys in the first Brillouin zone. Electron–phonon and hole–phonon scattering lead to a gradual relaxation of the carriers toward small Active Excitonic Regions around K, enhancing the dielectric screening. The accompanying time-dependent band gap renormalization dominates over Pauli blocking and the excitonic binding energy renormalization. This explains the delayed buildup of the transient reflection signal of the probe pulse, in excellent agreement with recent experimental data. Our results show that the observed delay is not a unique signature of an exciton formation process but rather caused by coordinated carrier dynamics and its influence on the screening. [less ▲]

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See detailElectronic structure of TiSe2 from a quasi-self-consistent G0W0 approach
Hellgren, Maria; Baguet, Lucas; Calandra, Matteo et al

in Physical Review. B (2021), 103

n a previous work, it was shown that the inclusion of exact exchange is essential for a first-principles description of both the electronic and the vibrational properties of TiSe2, M. Hellgren et al ... [more ▼]

n a previous work, it was shown that the inclusion of exact exchange is essential for a first-principles description of both the electronic and the vibrational properties of TiSe2, M. Hellgren et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 176401 (2017)]. The GW approximation provides a parameter-free description of screened exchange but is usually employed perturbatively (G0W0), making results more or less dependent on the starting point. In this work, we develop a quasi-self-consistent extension of G0W0 based on the random phase approximation (RPA) and the optimized effective potential of hybrid density functional theory. This approach generates an optimal G0W0 starting point and a hybrid exchange parameter consistent with the RPA. While self-consistency plays a minor role for systems such as Ar, BN, and ScN, it is shown to be crucial for TiS2 and TiSe2. We find the high-temperature phase of TiSe2 to be a semimetal with a band structure in good agreement with experiment. Furthermore, the optimized hybrid functional agrees well with our previous estimate and therefore accurately reproduces the low-temperature charge-density-wave phase. [less ▲]

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See detailTheory of resonant Raman scattering: Towards a comprehensive ab initio description
Reichardt, Sven UL; Wirtz, Ludger UL

in Physical Review. B (2019), 99(17), 174312-15

We develop a general, fully quantum mechanical theory of Raman scattering from first principles in terms of many-body correlation functions. In order to arrive at expressions that are practically useful ... [more ▼]

We develop a general, fully quantum mechanical theory of Raman scattering from first principles in terms of many-body correlation functions. In order to arrive at expressions that are practically useful in the context of condensed matter physics, we adopt the Lehmann-Symanzik-Zimmermann reduction formula from high-energy physics and formulate it in the language of many-body perturbation theory. This enables us to derive a general and practically useful expression for the Raman scattering rate in terms of quantities that can be computed ab initio. Our work paves the way toward a comprehensive computational approach to the calculation of Raman spectra that goes beyond the current state of the art by capturing both excitonic and nonadiabatic effects. [less ▲]

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See detailPhotoinduced Phase Transitions in Ferroelectrics
Paillard, Charles; Torun, Engin UL; Wirtz, Ludger UL et al

in PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS (2019), 123(8), 087601-6

Ferroic materials naturally exhibit a rich number of functionalities, which often arise from thermally, chemically, or mechanically induced symmetry breakings or phase transitions. Based on density ... [more ▼]

Ferroic materials naturally exhibit a rich number of functionalities, which often arise from thermally, chemically, or mechanically induced symmetry breakings or phase transitions. Based on density functional calculations, we demonstrate here that light can drive phase transitions as well in ferroelectric materials such as the perovskite oxides lead titanate and barium titanate. Phonon analysis and total energy calculations reveal that the polarization tends to vanish under illumination, to favor the emergence of nonpolar phases, potentially antiferroelectric, and exhibiting a tilt of the oxygen octahedra. Strategies to tailor photoinduced phases based on phonon instabilities in the electronic ground state are also discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailExciton-Phonon Coupling in the Ultraviolet Absorption and Emission Spectra of Bulk Hexagonal Boron Nitride
Paleari, Fulvio UL; Miranda, Henrique P. C.; Molina-Sanchez, Alejandro et al

in PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS (2019), 122(18), 187401-6

We present an ab initio method to calculate phonon-assisted absorption and emission spectra in the presence of strong excitonic effects. We apply the method to bulk hexagonal BN, which has an indirect ... [more ▼]

We present an ab initio method to calculate phonon-assisted absorption and emission spectra in the presence of strong excitonic effects. We apply the method to bulk hexagonal BN, which has an indirect band gap and is known for its strong luminescence in the UV range. We first analyze the excitons at the wave vector (q) over bar of the indirect gap. The coupling of these excitons with the various phonon modes at (q) over bar is expressed in terms of a product of the mean square displacement of the atoms and the second derivative of the optical response function with respect to atomic displacement along the phonon eigenvectors. The derivatives are calculated numerically with a finite difference scheme in a supercell commensurate with (q) over bar. We use detailed balance arguments to obtain the intensity ratio between emission and absorption processes. Our results explain recent luminescence experiments and reveal the exciton-phonon coupling channels responsible for the emission lines. [less ▲]

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See detailSearching for materials with high refractive index and wide band gap: A first-principles high-throughput study
Naccarato, Francesco; Ricci, Francesco; Suntivich, Jin et al

in PHYSICAL REVIEW MATERIALS (2019), 3(4), 044602-12

Materials combining both a high refractive index and a wide band gap are of great interest for optoelectronic and sensor applications. However, these two properties are typically described by an inverse ... [more ▼]

Materials combining both a high refractive index and a wide band gap are of great interest for optoelectronic and sensor applications. However, these two properties are typically described by an inverse correlation with high refractive index appearing in small gap materials and vice versa. Here, we conduct a first-principles high-throughput study on more than 4000 semiconductors (with a special focus on oxides). Our data confirm the general inverse trend between refractive index and band gap but interesting outliers are also identified. The data are then analyzed through a simple model involving two main descriptors: the average optical gap and the effective frequency. The former can be determined directly from the electronic structure of the compounds, but the latter cannot. This calls for further analysis in order to obtain a predictive model. Nonetheless, it turns out that the negative effect of a large band gap on the refractive index can be counterbalanced in two ways: (i) by limiting the difference between the direct band gap and the average optical gap which can be realized by a narrow distribution in energy of the optical transitions and (ii) by increasing the effective frequency which can be achieved through either a high number of transitions from the top of the valence band to the bottom of the conduction band or a high average probability for these transitions. Focusing on oxides, we use our data to investigate how the chemistry influences this inverse relationship and rationalize why certain classes of materials would perform better. Our findings can be used to search for new compounds in many optical applications both in the linear and nonlinear regime (waveguides, optical modulators, laser, frequency converter, etc.). [less ▲]

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See detailIntravalley Spin-Flip Relaxation Dynamics in Single-Layer WS2
Wang, Zilong; Molina-Sanchez, Alejandro; Altmann, Patrick et al

in NANO LETTERS (2018), 18(11), 6882-6891

In monolayer (1L) transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) the valence and conduction bands are spin-split because of the strong spin-orbit interaction. In tungsten-based TMDs the spin-ordering of the ... [more ▼]

In monolayer (1L) transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) the valence and conduction bands are spin-split because of the strong spin-orbit interaction. In tungsten-based TMDs the spin-ordering of the conduction band is such that the so-called dark excitons, consisting of electrons and holes with opposite spin orientation, have lower energy than A excitons. The transition from bright to dark excitons involves the scattering of electrons from the upper to the lower conduction band at the K point of the Brillouin zone, with detrimental effects for the optoelectronic response of 1L-TMDs, since this reduces their light emission efficiency. Here, we exploit the valley selective optical selection rules and use two-color helicity-resolved pump-probe spectroscopy to directly measure the intravalley spin-flip relaxation dynamics in 1L-WS2. This occurs on a sub-ps time scale, and it is significantly dependent on temperature, indicative of phonon-assisted relaxation. Time-dependent ab initio calculations show that intravalley spin-flip scattering occurs on significantly longer time scales only at the K point, while the occupation of states away from the minimum of the conduction band significantly reduces the scattering time. Our results shed light on the scattering processes determining the light emission efficiency in optoelectronic and photonic devices based on 1L-TMDs. [less ▲]

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See detailDirect and indirect excitons in boron nitride polymorphs: A story of atomic configuration and electronic correlation
Sponza, Lorenzo; Amara, Hakim; Attaccalite, Claudio et al

in Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter (2018), 98(12), 125206

We present a detailed discussion of the electronic band structure and excitonic dispersion of hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) in the single layer configuration and in three bulk polymorphs (usual AA′ ... [more ▼]

We present a detailed discussion of the electronic band structure and excitonic dispersion of hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) in the single layer configuration and in three bulk polymorphs (usual AA′ stacking, Bernal AB, and rhombohedral ABC). We focus on the changes in the electronic band structure and the exciton dispersion induced by the atomic configuration and the electron-hole interaction. Calculations are carried out at the level of ab initio many-body perturbation theory (GW and Bethe Salpeter equation) and of a purposely developed tight-binding model. We confirm the change from direct to indirect electronic gap when going from single layer to bulk systems and we give a detailed account of its origin by comparing the effect of different stacking sequences. We emphasize that the inclusion of the electron-hole interaction is crucial for the correct description of the momentum-dependent dispersion of the excitations. As a result the electron-hole dispersion is flatter than the one obtained from the band structure. In the AB stacking this effect is particularly important as the lowest-lying exciton is predicted to be direct despite the indirect electronic band gap. [less ▲]

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See detailAb initio and semiempirical modeling of excitons and trions in monolayer TiS3
Torun, Engin UL; Sahin, H.; Chavez, A. et al

in Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter (2018), 98

We explore the electronic and the optical properties of monolayer TiS3, which shows in-plane anisotropy and is composed of a chain-like structure along one of the lattice directions. Together with its ... [more ▼]

We explore the electronic and the optical properties of monolayer TiS3, which shows in-plane anisotropy and is composed of a chain-like structure along one of the lattice directions. Together with its robust direct band gap, which changes very slightly with stacking order and with the thickness of the sample, the anisotropic physical prop- erties of TiS3 make the material very attractive for various device applications. In this study, we present a detailed investigation on the effect of the crystal anisotropy on the excitons and the trions of the TiS3 monolayer. We use many-body perturbation theory to calculate the absorption spectrum of anisotropic TiS3 monolayer by solving the Bethe-Salpeter equation. In parallel, we implement and use a Wannier-Mott model for the excitons that takes into account the anisotropic effective masses and Coulomb screening, which are obtained from ab initio calculations. This model is then extended for the investigation of trion states of monolayer TiS3. Our calculations indicate that the absorption spectrum of monolayer TiS3 drastically depends on the polarization of the incoming light, which excites different excitons with distinct binding energies. In addition, the binding energies of positively and the negatively charged trions are observed to be distinct and they exhibit an anisotropic probability density distribution. [less ▲]

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See detailOptical control of polarization in ferroelectric heterostructures
Tao, Li; Lipatov, Alexej; Lu, Haidong et al

in Nature Communications (2018), 9

In the ferroelectric devices, polarization control is usually accomplished by application of an electric field. In this paper, we demonstrate optically induced polarization switching in BaTiO3-based ... [more ▼]

In the ferroelectric devices, polarization control is usually accomplished by application of an electric field. In this paper, we demonstrate optically induced polarization switching in BaTiO3-based ferroelectric heterostructures utilizing a two-dimensional narrow-gap semiconductor MoS2 as a top electrode. This effect is attributed to the redistribution of the photo-generated carriers and screening charges at the MoS2/BaTiO3 interface. Specifically, a two-step process, which involves formation of intra-layer excitons during light absorption followed by their decay into inter-layer excitons, results in the positive charge accumulation at the interface forcing the polarization reversal from the upward to the downward direction. Theoretical modeling of the MoS2 optical absorption spectra with and without the applied electric field provides quantitative support for the proposed mechanism. It is suggested that the discovered effect is of general nature and should be observable in any heterostructure comprising a ferroelectric and a narrow gap semiconductor. [less ▲]

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See detailInterlayer and intralayer excitons in MoS2/WS2 and MoSe2/WSe2 heterobilayers
Torun, Engin UL; Miranda, Henrique P.C.; Molina-Sánchez, Alejandro et al

in Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter (2018), 97

Accurately described excitonic properties of transition metal dichalcogenide heterobilayers (HBLs) are crucial to comprehend the optical response and the charge carrier dynamics of them. Excitons in ... [more ▼]

Accurately described excitonic properties of transition metal dichalcogenide heterobilayers (HBLs) are crucial to comprehend the optical response and the charge carrier dynamics of them. Excitons in multilayer systems possess an inter- or intralayer character whose spectral positions depend on their binding energy and the band alignment of the constituent single layers. In this paper, we report the electronic structure and the absorption spectra of MoS2/WS2 and MoSe2/WSe2 HBLs from first-principles calculations. We explore the spectral positions, binding energies, and the origins of inter- and intralayer excitons and compare our results with experimental observations. The absorption spectra of the systems are obtained by solving the Bethe-Salpeter equation on top of a G0W0 calculation, which corrects the independent-particle eigenvalues obtained from density-functional theory. Our calculations reveal that the lowest energy exciton in both HBLs possess an interlayer character which is decisive regarding their possible device applications. Due to the spatially separated nature of the charge carriers, the binding energy of interlayer excitons might be expected to be considerably smaller than that of intralayer ones. However, according to our calculations, the binding energy of lowest energy interlayer excitons is only ∼20% lower due to the weaker screening of the Coulomb interaction between layers of the HBLs. Therefore, it can be deduced that the spectral positions of the interlayer excitons with respect to intralayer ones are mostly determined by the band offset of the constituent single layers. By comparing oscillator strengths and thermal occupation factors, we show that in luminescence at low temperature, the interlayer exciton peak becomes dominant, while in absorption it is almost invisible. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of many-body effects on Landau levels in graphene
Sonntag, Jens; Reichardt, Sven UL; Wirtz, Ludger UL et al

in Physical Review Letters (2018), 120(18), 187701

We present magneto-Raman spectroscopy measurements on suspended graphene to investigate the charge carrier density-dependent electron-electron interaction in the presence of Landau levels. Utilizing gate ... [more ▼]

We present magneto-Raman spectroscopy measurements on suspended graphene to investigate the charge carrier density-dependent electron-electron interaction in the presence of Landau levels. Utilizing gate-tunable magnetophonon resonances, we extract the charge carrier density dependence of the Landau level transition energies and the associated effective Fermi velocity vF. In contrast to the logarithmic divergence of vF at zero magnetic field, we find a piecewise linear scaling of vF as a function of the charge carrier density, due to a magnetic-field-induced suppression of the long-range Coulomb interaction. We quantitatively confirm our experimental findings by performing tight-binding calculations on the level of the Hartree-Fock approximation, which also allow us to estimate an excitonic binding energy of ≈6  meV contained in the experimentally extracted Landau level transitions energies. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis, theoretical and experimental characterisation of thin film Cu2Sn1-xGexS3 ternary alloys (x = 0 to 1): Homogeneous intermixing of Sn and Ge
Robert, Erika UL; Gunder, René; De Wild, Jessica UL et al

in Acta Materialia (2018), 151

Cu2Sn1-xGexS3 is a p-type semiconductor alloy currently investigated for use as an absorber layer in thin film solar cells. The aim of this study is to investigate the properties of this alloy in thin ... [more ▼]

Cu2Sn1-xGexS3 is a p-type semiconductor alloy currently investigated for use as an absorber layer in thin film solar cells. The aim of this study is to investigate the properties of this alloy in thin film form in order to establish relationships between group IV composition and structural, vibrational and opto-electronic properties. Seven single phase Cu2Sn1-xGexS3 films are prepared from x ¼ 0 to 1, showing a uniform distribution of Ge and Sn laterally and in depth. The films all show a monoclinic crystal structure. The lattice parameters are extracted using Le Bail refinement and show a linear decrease with increasing Ge content. Using density-functional theory with hybrid functionals, we calculate the Raman active phonon frequencies of Cu2SnS3 and Cu2GeS3. For the alloyed compounds, we use a virtual atom approximation. The shift of the main Raman peak from x ¼ 0 to x ¼ 1 can be explained as being half due to the change in atomic masses and half being due to the different bond strength. The bandgaps of the alloys are extracted from photoluminescence measurements and increase linearly from about 0.90 to 1.56 eV with increasing Ge. The net acceptor density of all films is around 1018 cm 3. These analyses have established that the alloy forms a solid solution over the entire composition range meaning that intentional band gap grading should be possible for future absorber layers. The linear variation of the unit cell parameters and the band gap with group IV content allows composition determination by scattering or optical measurements. Further research is required to reduce the doping density by two orders of magnitude in order to improve the current collection within a solar cell device structure. [less ▲]

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See detailExcitons in few-layer hexagonal boron nitride: Davydov splitting and surface localization
Paleari, Fulvio UL; Galvani, Thomas UL; Amara, Hakim et al

in 2D MATERIALS (2018), 5(4), 045017

Hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) has been attracting great attention because of its strong excitonic effects. Taking into account few-layer systems, we investigate theoretically the effects of the number of ... [more ▼]

Hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) has been attracting great attention because of its strong excitonic effects. Taking into account few-layer systems, we investigate theoretically the effects of the number of layers on quasiparticle energies, absorption spectra, and excitonic states, placing particular focus on the Davydov splitting of the lowest bound excitons. We describe how the inter-layer interaction as well as the variation in electronic screening as a function of layer number N affects the electronic and optical properties. Using both ab initio calculations and a tight-binding model for an effective Hamiltonian describing the excitons, we characterize in detail the symmetry of the excitonic wavefunctions and the selection rules for their coupling to incoming light. We show that for N > 2, one can distinguish between surface excitons that are mostly localized on the outer layers and inner excitons, leading to an asymmetry in the energy separation between split excitonic states. In particular, the bound surface excitons lie lower in energy than their inner counterparts. Additionally, this enables us to show how the layer thickness affects the shape of the absorption spectrum. [less ▲]

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See detailCritical Role of the Exchange Interaction for the Electronic Structure and Charge-Density-Wave Formation in TiSe2
Hellgren, Maria; Baima, Jacopo; Bianco, Raffaello et al

in Physical Review Letters (2017), 119

We show that the inclusion of screened exchange via hybrid functionals provides a unified description of the electronic and vibrational properties of TiSe2. In contrast to local approximations in density ... [more ▼]

We show that the inclusion of screened exchange via hybrid functionals provides a unified description of the electronic and vibrational properties of TiSe2. In contrast to local approximations in density functional theory, the explicit inclusion of exact, nonlocal exchange captures the effects of the electron-electron interaction needed to both separate the Ti-d states from the Se-p states and stabilize the charge-density- wave (CDW) (or low-T) phase through the formation of a p-d hybridized state. We further show that this leads to an enhanced electron-phonon coupling that can drive the transition even if a small gap opens in the high-T phase. Finally, we demonstrate that the hybrid functionals can generate a CDW phase where the electronic bands, the geometry, and the phonon frequencies are in agreement with experiments. [less ▲]

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See detailAb Initio Calculations of Ultrashort Carrier Dynamics in Two-Dimensional Materials: Valley Depolarization in Single-Layer WSe2
Molina-Sanchez, Alejandro UL; Sangalli, Davide; Wirtz, Ludger UL et al

in Nano Letters (2017), 17

In single-layer WSe2, a paradigmatic semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenide, a circularly polarized laser field can selectively excite electronic transitions in one of the inequivalent K± valleys ... [more ▼]

In single-layer WSe2, a paradigmatic semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenide, a circularly polarized laser field can selectively excite electronic transitions in one of the inequivalent K± valleys. Such selective valley population corresponds to a pseudospin polarization. This can be used as a degree of freedom in a “valleytronic” device provided that the time scale for its depolarization is sufficiently large. Yet, the mechanism behind the valley depolarization still remains heavily debated. Recent time–dependent Kerr experiments have provided an accurate way to visualize the valley dynamics by measuring the rotation of a linearly polarized probe pulse applied after a circularly polarized pump pulse. We present here a clear, accurate and parameter–free description of the valley dynamics. By using an atomistic, ab initio approach we fully disclose the elemental mechanisms that dictate the depolarization effects. Our results are in excellent agreement with recent time–dependent Kerr experiments. We explain the Kerr dynamics and its temperature dependence in terms of electron–phonon me- diated processes that induce spin–flip inter–valley transitions. [less ▲]

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