Spin/Valley pumping of resident electrons in WSe2 and WS2 monolayers

Research paper by Cedric Robert, Sangjun Park, Fabian Cadiz, Laurent Lombez, Lei Ren, Hans Tornatzky, Alistair Rowe, Daniel Paget, Fausto Sirotti, Min Yang, Dinh Van Tuan, Takashi Taniguchi, Bernhard Urbaszek, Kenji Watanabe, Thierry Amand, et al.

Indexed on: 12 May '21Published on: 11 May '21Published in: arXiv - Physics - Mesoscopic Systems and Quantum Hall Effect


Monolayers of transition metal dichalcogenides are ideal materials to control both spin and valley degrees of freedom either electrically or optically. Nevertheless, optical excitation mostly generates excitons species with inherently short lifetime and spin/valley relaxation time. Here we demonstrate a very efficient spin/valley optical pumping of resident electrons in n-doped WSe2 and WS2 monolayers. We observe that, using a continuous wave laser and appropriate doping and excitation densities, negative trion doublet lines exhibit circular polarization of opposite sign and the photoluminescence intensity of the triplet trion is more than four times larger with circular excitation than with linear excitation. We interpret our results as a consequence of a large dynamic polarization of resident electrons using circular light.