Dispersion and decay rate of exciton-polaritons and radiative modes in transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers

Filippo Alpeggiani, Su Hyun Gong, L. Kuipers

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The two-dimensional excitons of transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) monolayers make these materials extremely promising for optical and optoelectronic applications. When the excitons interact with the electromagnetic field, they will give rise to exciton-polaritons, i.e., modes that propagate in the material plane while being confined in the out-of-plane direction. In this work, we derive the characteristic equations that determine both radiative and polaritonic modes in TMDC monolayers and we analyze the dispersion and decay rate of the modes. The condition for the existence of exciton-polaritons can be described in terms of a strong-coupling regime for the interaction between the exciton and the three-dimensional continuum of free-space electromagnetic modes. We show that the threshold for the strong-coupling regime critically depends on the interplay between nonradiative losses and the dielectric function imbalance at the two sides of the monolayer. Our results illustrate that a fine control of the dielectric function of the embedding media is essential for realizing exciton-polaritons in the strong-coupling regime.

Original languageEnglish
Article number205436
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2018 May 22
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
F.A. acknowledges financial support from the H2020 Marie SkÅodowska-Curie Actions individual fellowship BISTRO-LIGHT (Grant No. 748950). S.H.G. and L.K. acknowledge financial support from the European Research Council (ERC Advanced Grant No. 340438-CONSTANS).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 American Physical Society.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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