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Prediction of extremely long exciton lifetime in Janus-MoSTe monolayer


The electron-hole separation efficiency is a key factor that determines the performance of two-dimensional (2D) transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) and devices. Therefore, searching for novel 2D TMD materials with long timescale of carrier lifetime becomes one of the most important topics. Here, based on the time-domain density functional theory (TD-DFT), we propose a brand new TMD material, namely Janus-MoSTe, which exhibits a strong build-in electric field. Our results show that in Janus-MoSTe monolayer, the exciton consisting of electron and hole has a relatively wide spatial extension and low binding energy. In addition, a slow electron-hole recombination process is observed, with timescale on the order of 1.31 ns, which is even comparable with those of van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures. Further analysis reveals that the extremely long timescale for electron-hole recombination could be ascribed to the strong Coulomb screening effect as well as the small overlap of wavefunctions between electrons and holes. Our findings establish the build-in electric field as an effective factor to control the electron-hole recombination dynamics in TMD monolayers and facilitate their future applications in light detecting and harvesting.

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The article was received on 05 Jun 2018, accepted on 09 Aug 2018 and first published on 10 Aug 2018

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8NR04568B
Citation: Nanoscale, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
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    Prediction of extremely long exciton lifetime in Janus-MoSTe monolayer

    H. Jin, T. Wang, Z. Gong, C. Long and Y. Dai, Nanoscale, 2018, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C8NR04568B

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