Local Spectroscopic Characterization of Spin and Layer Polarization in WSe2

Matthew Yankowitz, Devin McKenzie, Brian J. Leroy

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We report scanning tunneling microscopy and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) measurements of monolayer and bilayer WSe2. We measure a band gap of 2.21±0.08eV in monolayer WSe2, which is much larger than the energy of the photoluminescence peak, indicating a large excitonic binding energy. We additionally observe significant electronic scattering arising from atomic-scale defects. Using Fourier transform STS, we map the energy versus momentum dispersion relations for monolayer and bilayer WSe2. Further, by tracking allowed and forbidden scattering channels as a function of energy we infer the spin texture of both the conduction and valence bands. We observe a large spin-splitting of the valence band due to strong spin-orbit coupling, and additionally observe spin-valley-layer coupling in the conduction band of bilayer WSe2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number136803
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 24 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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