Indirect excitons in van der Waals heterostructures at room temperature


Indirect excitons (IXs) in van der Waals transition-metal dichalcogenide (TMD) heterostructures are characterized by a high binding energy making them stable at room temperature and giving the opportunity for exploring fundamental phenomena in excitonic systems and developing excitonic devices operational at high temperatures. We present the observation of IXs at room temperature in van der Waals TMD heterostructures based on monolayers of MoS2 separated by atomically thin hexagonal boron nitride. The IXs realized in the TMD heterostructure have lifetimes orders of magnitude longer than lifetimes of direct excitons in single-layer TMD, and their energy is gate controlled.

E.V. Calman, M.M. Fogler, L.V. Butov, S. Hu, A. Mishchenko, A.K. Geim. Indirect excitons in van der Waals heterostructures at room temperature, arXiv:1709.07043 (2017), Nature Commun. 9, 1895 (2018).

Control of excitons in multi-layer van der Waals heterostructures

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We report an experimental study of excitons in a double quantum well van der Waals heterostructure made of atomically thin layers of MoS2 and hexagonal boron nitride (hBN). The emission of neutral and charged excitons is controlled by gate voltage, temperature, and both the helicity and the power of optical excitation.

E. V. Calman, C. J. Dorow, M. M. Fogler, L. V. Butov, S. Hu, A. Mishchenko, A. K. Geim, Control of excitons in multi-layer van der Waals heterostructures, arXiv:1510.04410 (2015), Appl. Phys. Lett. 108, 101901 (2016).

Indirect excitons in van der Waals heterostructures


All known superfluid and superconducting states of condensed matter are enabled by composite bosons (atoms, molecules, Cooper pairs) made of an even number of fermions. Temperatures where such macroscopic quantum phenomena occur are limited by the lesser of the binding energy and the degeneracy temperature of the bosons. High critical temperature cuprate superconductors set the present record of ~100 K. Here we propose a design for artificially structured materials to rival this record. The main elements of the structure are two monolayers of a transition metal dichalcogenide separated by an atomically thin spacer. Electrons and holes generated in the system would accumulate in the opposite monolayers and form bosonic bound states --- the indirect excitons. The resultant degenerate Bose gas of indirect excitons would exhibit macroscopic occupation of a quantum state and vanishing viscosity at high temperatures.

M.M. Fogler, L.V. Butov, K.S. Novoselov, High-temperature superfluidity with indirect excitons in van der Waals heterostructures, arXiv:1404.1418 (2014), Nature Commun. 5, 4555 (2014).