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Exciton and trions in Van der Waals materials and their dynamics under different non-uniform strain configurations

TYPECondensed Matter Seminar
Speaker:Moshe Harats
Organizer:Ari Turner
Time:14:30 - 15:30
Location:Lidow Nathan Rosen (300)


In recent years, Van der Waals (2D) materials, have attracted increasing attention due to their distinctive physical properties. As layered materials, they have been considered for flexible electronics as they can sustain strain higher than 10% without breaking down, although they are only 1-3 atom thick. Their superior mechanical properties led to a renewed interest in the mechanics of thin membranes linked to condensed matter physics. In this talk we will show how we can apply non-uniform strain to a suspended Van der Waals material (WS2) and alter the dynamics of excitons and trions. Surprisingly, we find that as we increase the non-uniformity of the strain, we are able to convert the excitons into trions with almost 100% efficiency without any electrostatic gating. Our results explain inconsistencies in previous experiments and pave the way towards new types of optoelectronic devices.