Ab initio exciton and phonon dynamics in Transition Metal Dichalcogenides
July 22nd, 2019 ZEILA ZANOLLI Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia

The interest in the properties of transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) has increased due to the discovery of the coupling between spin and valley degrees of freedom, which can be seen experimentally using a circularly polarised laser. After excitation the newly formed carrier populations must move towards the other valley until balance is reached. However, this relaxation process is not entirely understood in the literature, where the relative importance of the electron-electron (e-e) or electron-phonon (e-p) interactions is still a subject of debate. Previous works on WSe_2 have shown that the e-p interaction is a good candidate to describe the relaxation process. Using a fully ab-initio framework based on the Baym-Kadanoff equations we study the influence of the e-p interaction on MoSe_2 after its excitation by a laser field. We show how phonons allow carrier relaxation and how the Kerr signal and total magnetisation are affected at different temperatures, with the latter exhibiting a non-monotonic behaviour as the temperature increases.

Seminar, July 22, 2019, 15:00. ICFO’s Seminar Room

Hosted by Prof. Frank Koppens