Ultrafast charge separation and indirect exciton formation in a MoS2-MoSe2 van der Waals heterostructure

ACS Nano. 2014 Dec 23;8(12):12717-24. doi: 10.1021/nn505736z. Epub 2014 Nov 24.


We observe subpicosecond charge separation and formation of indirect excitons a van der Waals heterostructure formed by molybdenum disulfide and molybdenum diselenide monolayers. The sample is fabricated by manually stacking monolayer MoS2 and MoSe2 flakes prepared by mechanical exfoliation. Photoluminescence measurements confirm the formation of an effective heterojunction. In the transient absorption measurements, an ultrafast laser pulse resonantly injects excitons in the MoSe2 layer of the heterostructure. Differential reflection of a probe pulse tuned to the MoS2 exciton resonance is immediately observed following the pump excitation. This proves ultrafast transfer of electrons from MoSe2 to MoS2 layers, despite the strong Coulomb attraction from the holes in the resonantly excited excitons. Conversely, when excitons are selectively injected in MoS2, holes transfer to MoSe2 on an ultrafast time scale, too, as observed by measuring the differential reflection of a probe tuned to the MoSe2 resonance. The ultrafast charge transfer process is followed by the formation of spatially indirect excitons with electrons and holes residing in different layers. The lifetime of these indirect excitons are found to be longer than that of the direct excitons in individual MoS2 and MoSe2 monolayers.

Keywords: 2D materials; exciton; molybdenum diselenide; molybdenum disulfide; transient absorption; transition metal dichalcogenides; van der Waals heterostructure.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.