Linearly Polarized Luminescence of Atomically Thin MoS2 Semiconductor Nanocrystals

Andrés Granados Del Águila, Sheng Liu, T. Thu Ha Do, Zhuangchai Lai, Thu Ha Tran, Sean Ryan Krupp, Zhi Rui Gong, Hua Zhang, Wang Yao, Qihua Xiong

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Atomically thin layers of transition-metal dichalcogenides semiconductors, such as MoS2, exhibit strong and circularly polarized light emission due to inherent crystal symmetries, pronounced spin-orbit coupling, and out-of-plane dielectric and spatial confinement. While the layer-by-layer confinement is well-understood, the understanding of the impact of in-plane quantization in their optical spectrum is far behind. Here, we report the optical properties of atomically thin MoS2 colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals. In addition to the spatial-confinement effect leading to their blue wavelength emission, the high quality of our MoS2 nanocrystals is revealed by narrow photoluminescence, which allows us to resolve multiple optically active transitions, originating from quantum-confined excitons (coupled electron-hole pairs). Surprisingly, in stark contrast to monolayer MoS2, the luminescence of the lowest-energy levels is linearly polarized and persists up to room temperature, meaning that it could be exploited in a variety of light-emitting applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13006-13014
Number of pages9
JournalACS Nano
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2019


  • atomically thin colloidal semiconductors
  • electron-hole exchange interaction
  • in-plane confinement
  • optical alignment
  • spin-orbit coupling
  • TMD nanocrystals
  • valley pseudospin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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