Excitons, trions and Rydberg states in monolayer MoS_2 revealed by low-temperature photocurrent spectroscopy


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Vaquero, Daniel and Clericò, Vito and Salvador Sánchez, Juan and Martín Ramos, Adrián and Díaz García, Elena and Domínguez-Adame Acosta, Francisco and Meziani, Yahya M and Díez, Enrique and Quereda, Jorge (2020) Excitons, trions and Rydberg states in monolayer MoS_2 revealed by low-temperature photocurrent spectroscopy. Communications physics, 3 (1). ISSN 2399-3650

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s42005-020-00460-9


Exciton physics in two-dimensional semiconductors are typically studied by photoluminescence spectroscopy. However, this technique does not allow for direct observation of non-radiating excitonic transitions. Here, we use low-temperature photocurrent spectroscopy as an alternative technique to investigate excitonic transitions in a high-quality monolayer MoS_2 phototransistor. The resulting spectra presents excitonic peaks with linewidths as low as 8 meV. We identify spectral features corresponding to the ground states of neutral excitons (X^A_(1s) and X^B_(1s) and charged trions (T^A and T^B) as well as up to eight additional spectral lines at energies above the X^B_(1s) transition, which we attribute to the Rydberg series of excited states of X^A and X^B. The intensities of the spectral features can be tuned by the gate and drain-source voltages. Using an effective-mass theory for excitons in two-dimensional systems we are able to accurately fit the measured spectral lines and unambiguously associate them with their corresponding Rydberg states.

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We acknowledge financial support from the Agencia Estatal de Investigacion of Spain (Grants MAT2016-75955, PID2019-106820RB and RTI2018-097180-B-100) and the Junta de Castilla y Leon (Grant SA256P18), including funding by ERDF/FEDER. J.Q. acknowledges his research contract funded by Junta de Castilla y Leon and FEDER funds. We are also thankful to Mercedes Velazquez for her help with the photoluminescence and Raman characterization.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Photoluminescence; Physics; Multidisciplinary
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Materials
Sciences > Physics > Solid state physics
ID Code:63204
Deposited On:01 Dec 2020 17:26
Last Modified:01 Dec 2020 17:26

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