Localised excitons in 2-D materials for integrated quantum optics

Localised excitons in 2-D materials for integrated quantum optics
Figure shows a comparison of the scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) image of the observed oxygen interstitials associated point defect with the predicted image obtained from density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Atomic positions are indicated (red: oxygen, blue: tungsten, green: selenium). The fine features of the experimental and simulated STM images were found to agree well over a range of different applied voltages. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy showed that there were no gap states, consistent with the theoretical predictions. Credit: ACS Nano

NUS scientists have found that the oxygen interstitials in single-layer tungsten diselenide (WSe2) enable it to function as single photon emitters (SPEs) for quantum optical applications.

Two-dimensional (2-D) with atomically thin honeycomb-like lattices were recently discovered experimentally for use as SPEs. SPEs emit light as single particles or photons one at a time and they play an important role in optics and quantum information processing. SPEs developed using 2-D materials such as WSe2, provide flexibility for potential device and circuit integration in a semiconductor manufacturing environment. However, the nature of these experimentally discovered SPEs in WSe2 is not clear and this hinders their potential use in quantum applications.

Prof Su Ying QUEK from the Department of Physics, NUS and her research team have identified that the single emissions coming from the localized exciton states in WSe2 were due to the oxygen interstitials present in the single-layer 2-D material. The research team used a combination of theoretical computations and experimental approaches to arrive at the outcome. With better understanding of the origins of single photon emissions, the findings could help in the development of SPEs using 2-D materials and to improve their emission performance.

In their research work, the team did not manage to find correlations between the density functional theory computations on intrinsic point defects in the WSe2 material with the experimentally obtained spectra from scanning tunneling spectroscopy. They then focused on the oxygen-related point defects associated with the WSe2 material. These defects could be incorporated easily into the material during the synthesis process or by ambient passivation. Through an elimination process, they found that defects associated with oxygen interstitials in the lattice are most likely to be producing the localized exciton states in the experimentally observed spectral positions.

Prof Quek said, "This work provides a detailed study of point defects in monolayer WSe2 and predicted the nature and energies of excitons at these sites. Deciphering the origin of the will be useful for the development of quantum emitters using other 2-D materials for quantum optical applications."


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More information: Yu Jie Zheng et al. Point Defects and Localized Excitons in 2-D WSe2, ACS Nano (2019). DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.9b02316
Journal information: ACS Nano

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