Charge Transfer Dynamics in MoSe2/hBN/WSe2Heterostructures

Yoseob Yoon, Zuocheng Zhang, Ruishi Qi, Andrew Y. Joe, Renee Sailus, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, Sefaattin Tongay, Feng Wang

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Ultrafast charge transfer processes provide a facile way to create interlayer excitons in directly contacted transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) layers. More sophisticated heterostructures composed of TMD/hBN/TMD enable new ways to control interlayer exciton properties and achieve novel exciton phenomena, such as exciton insulators and condensates, where longer lifetimes are desired. In this work, we experimentally study the charge transfer dynamics in a heterostructure composed of a 1 nm thick hBN spacer between MoSe2 and WSe2 monolayers. We observe the hole transfer from MoSe2 to WSe2 through the hBN barrier with a time constant of 500 ps, which is over 3 orders of magnitude slower than that between TMD layers without a spacer. Furthermore, we observe strong competition between the interlayer charge transfer and intralayer exciton-exciton annihilation processes at high excitation densities. Our work opens possibilities to understand charge transfer pathways in TMD/hBN/TMD heterostructures for the efficient generation and control of interlayer excitons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10140-10146
Number of pages7
JournalNano Letters
Issue number24
StatePublished - Dec 28 2022


  • Ultrafast dynamics
  • exciton-exciton annihilation
  • interlayer charge transfer
  • transient absorption spectroscopy
  • van der Waals heterostructures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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