Observation of Rapid Exciton–Exciton Annihilation in Monolayer Molybdenum Disulfide

2018-02-23T21:45:13+00:00 Sep 9, 2016|

A  publication from Prof. Tony Heinz group with Model IMPULSE from Clark-MXR.

Dezheng Sun, Yi Rao, Georg A. Reider, Gugang Chen, Yumeng You, Louis Brézin, Avetik R. Harutyunyan, and Tony F. Heinz

Monolayer MoS2 is a direct-gap two-dimensional semiconductor that exhibits strong electron–hole interactions, leading to the formation of stable excitons and trions. Here we report the existence of efficient exciton–exciton annihilation, a four-body interaction, in this material. Exciton–exciton annihilation was identified experimentally in ultrafast transient absorption measurements through the emergence of a decay channel varying quadratically with exciton density. The rate of exciton–exciton annihilation was determined to be (4.3 ± 1.1) × 10–2 cm2/s at room temperature.