Resonantly excited exciton dynamics in two-dimensional MoSe2 monolayers

L. Scarpelli, F. Masia, E. M. Alexeev, F. Withers, A. I. Tartakovskii, K. S. Novoselov, W. Langbein

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We report on the exciton and trion density dynamics in a single layer of MoSe2, resonantly excited and probed using three-pulse four-wave mixing (FWM), at temperatures from 300 K to 77 K. A multiexponential third-order response function for amplitude and phase of the heterodyne-detected FWM signal including four decay processes is used to model the data. We provide a consistent interpretation within the intrinsic band structure, not requiring the inclusion of extrinsic effects. We find an exciton radiative lifetime in the subpicosecond range consistent to what has been recently reported by Jakubczyk et al. [Nano Lett. 16, 5333 (2016)10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b01060]. After the dominating radiative decay, the remaining exciton density, which has been scattered from the initially excited direct spin-allowed radiative state into dark states of different nature by exciton-phonon scattering or disorder scattering, shows a slower dynamics, covering 10-ps to 10-ns time scales. This includes direct spin-allowed transitions with larger in-plane momentum, as well as indirect and spin-forbidden exciton states. We find that exciton-exciton annihilation is not relevant in the observed dynamics, in variance from previous finding under nonresonant excitation. The trion density at 77 K reveals a decay of the order of 1 ps, similar to what is observed for the exciton. After few tens of picoseconds, the trion dynamics resembles the one of the exciton, indicating that trion ionization occurs on this time scale.

Original languageEnglish
Article number045407
Pages (from-to)045407-1-045407-11
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical Review B: covering condensed matter and materials physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes


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