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Hexcitons and oxcitons in monolayer WSe2. – (Hanan Dery / LPCNO / Seminar). – 12/07/2022

12 July 2022; 14h00 - 16h00

Hanan Dery (University of Rochester)


Hydrogen-like bound states of photoexcited electron-hole pairs in semiconductors — that is, excitons — have been a focus of considerable study for more than half a century. In undoped direct-gap semiconductors, neutral excitons comprise the photogenerated electron and hole in the conduction and valence bands (CB and VB), respectively, and typically manifest as discrete optical resonances below the free-particle band-gap energy. More interesting states arise when electron-hole (e-h) pairs are photoexcited into doped semiconductors containing a Fermi-sea of mobile carriers.

In the archetypal monolayer semiconductor WSe2, the distinct ordering of spin-polarized valleys (low-energy pockets) in the CB allows for studies of not only simple neutral excitons and charged excitons (i.e., trions), but also more complex many-body states that are predicted at higher electron densities [1]. I will discuss magneto-optical measurements of electron-rich WSe2 monolayers [2], and interpret the spectral lines that emerge at high electron doping as optical transitions of 6-body exciton states (“hexcitons”) and 8-body exciton states (“oxcitons”). These many-body states emerge when a photoexcited electron-hole pair interacts simultaneously with multiple Fermi seas, each having distinguishable spin and valley quantum numbers.

  1. D. Van Tuan and H. Dery, Composite excitonic states in doped semiconductors, arXiv:2202.08374.
  2. D. Van Tuan, S.-F. Shi, X. Xu, S. A. Crooker and H. Dery, Hexcitons and oxcitons in monolayer WSe2, arXiv:2202.08375.



12 July 2022
14h00 - 16h00
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INSA – LPCNO : 135 avenue de Rangueil
Toulouse, 31077 France
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