QM Seminar Speaker Prof. Keshav Dani (OIST-Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology) Wednesday, January 22, 2 pm in 402 LeConte

Time/Venue Wednesday, January 22, 2 pm in LeConte 402
Host Feng Wang / Joel Moore
Title Into the dark world of excitons in atomically thin semiconductors
About a decade ago, the discovery of monolayers of transition metal dichalcogenides opened a new frontier in the study of optically excited states in semiconductors, and related opto-electronic technologies. These materials exhibit a plethora of robust excitonic states, such as bright excitons at the K & K’ valleys, momentum- and spin-forbidden dark excitons, and hot excitons. Optics-based experiments have revealed much about the bright excitonic states, but they remain largely unable to access their valley character, their scattering channels into other valleys within the Brilloin Zone, and the nature of the dark states in these valleys.
Angle-Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy (ARPES) based techniques would be ideal to access the valley character, and momentum-resolved scattering channels of photoexcited states in 2D semiconductors. But these are very challenging experiments to perform on the typically-available, micron-scale, 2D semiconductors. In today’s talk, I will discuss the challenges involved, and progress made in my lab to date towards this aim. And – time permitting – we will end with an entertaining peek into the ‘quantum psychology of dark excitons’!

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