Optical seminar | 27 October 2021

Ioffe Institute
MoS2 flake as a van der Waals homostructure: luminescence properties and optical anisotropy

We investigated multilayer plates made by exfoliation from a high-quality MoS2 crystal and reveal that they represent a new object - van der Waals homostructure consisting of a bulk core and a few detached monolayers on its surface. This architecture comprising elements with different electron band structure leads to specific luminescence, when the broad emission band from the core is cut by the absorption peaks of strong exciton resonances in the surface monolayers. The exfoliated flakes exhibit strong optical anisotropy. We have observed linear to circular polarization conversion that reaches 15% for normally incident light in transmission geometry. This background effect is due to fluctuations of the c axis relative to the normal, whereas the pronounced resonance contribution is explained by the polarization anisotropy of excitons localized in the stripes of dissected surface monolayers.

Main paper/arXiv, related to the seminar, and other references

L. Kotova, M. Rakhlin, A. Galimov, I. Eliseyev, B. Borodin, A.Platonov, D. Kirilenko, A. Poshakinskiy and T.Shubina, Nanoscale, (2021), DOI: 10.1039/d1nr05439b.
Kotova L.V.; Platonov A. V.; Poshakinskiy A.V.; Shubina T.V., Semiconductors, 54, 1509–1513 (2020), DOI: 10.1134/S1063782620110160.