Trion formation dynamics in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides

Akshay Singh, Galan Moody, Kha Tran, Marie E. Scott, Vincent Overbeck, Gunnar Berghäuser, John Schaibley, Edward J. Seifert, Dennis Pleskot, Nathaniel M. Gabor, Jiaqiang Yan, David G. Mandrus, Marten Richter, Ermin Malic, Xiaodong Xu, Xiaoqin Li

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We report charged exciton (trion) formation dynamics in doped monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides, specifically molybdenum diselenide (MoSe2), using resonant two-color pump-probe spectroscopy. When resonantly pumping the exciton transition, trions are generated on a picosecond time scale through exciton-electron interaction. As the pump energy is tuned from the high energy to low energy side of the inhomogeneously broadened exciton resonance, the trion formation time increases by ∼50%. This feature can be explained by the existence of both localized and delocalized excitons in a disordered potential and suggests the existence of an exciton mobility edge in transition metal dichalcogenides.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number041401
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 5 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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