Room-Temperature Active Modulation of Valley Dynamics in a Monolayer Semiconductor through Chiral Purcell Effects

Zilong Wu, Jingang Li, Xiaotian Zhang, Joan M. Redwing, Yuebing Zheng

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Spin-dependent contrasting phenomena at K and K′ valleys in monolayer semiconductors have led to addressable valley degree of freedom, which is the cornerstone for emerging valleytronic applications in information storage and processing. Tunable and active modulation of valley dynamics in a monolayer WSe2 is demonstrated at room temperature through controllable chiral Purcell effects in plasmonic chiral metamaterials. The strong spin-dependent modulation on the spontaneous decay of valley excitons leads to tunable handedness and spectral shift of valley-polarized emission, which is analyzed and predicted by an advanced theoretical model and further confirmed by experimental measurements. Moreover, large active spectral tuning (≈24 nm) and reversible ON/OFF switching of circular polarization of emission are achieved by the solvent-controllable thickness of the dielectric spacer in the metamaterials. With the on-demand and active tunability in valley-polarized emission, chiral Purcell effects can provide new strategies to harness valley excitons for applications in ultrathin valleytronic devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1904132
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number49
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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