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Title: Bright and dark singlet excitons via linear and two-photon spectroscopy in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides

We discuss the linear and two-photon spectroscopic selection rules for spin-singlet excitons in monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides. Our microscopic formalism combines a fully k-dependent few-orbital band structure with a many-body Bethe-Salpeter equation treatment of the electron-hole interaction, using a model dielectric function. We show analytically and numerically that the single-particle, valley-dependent selection rules are preserved in the presence of excitonic effects. Furthermore, we definitively demonstrate that the bright (one-photon allowed) excitons have s-type azimuthal symmetry and that dark p-type excitons can be probed via two-photon spectroscopy. Thus, the screened Coulomb interaction in these materials substantially deviates from the 1/ε₀r form; this breaks the “accidental” angular momentum degeneracy in the exciton spectrum, such that the 2p exciton has a lower energy than the 2s exciton by at least 50 meV. We compare our calculated two-photon absorption spectra to recent experimental measurements.
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  1. Princeton Univ., Princeton, NJ (United States)
  2. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
  3. Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 1098-0121; R&D Project: 16068; KC0403020
Grant/Contract Number:
SC00112704; SC0012704
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 92; Journal Issue: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 1098-0121
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States