Observation of Ultrafast Free Carrier Dynamics in Single Layer MoS2

Antonija Grubišić Čabo, Jill A. Miwa, Signe S. Grønborg, Jonathon M. Riley, Jens C. Johannsen, Cephise Cacho, Oliver Alexander, Richard T. Chapman, Emma Springate, Marco Grioni, Jeppe V. Lauritsen, Phil D.C. King, Philip Hofmann, Søren Ulstrup

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The dynamics of excited electrons and holes in single layer (SL) MoS2 have so far been difficult to disentangle from the excitons that dominate the optical response of this material. Here, we use time- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy for a SL of MoS2 on a metallic substrate to directly measure the excited free carriers. This allows us to ascertain a direct quasiparticle band gap of 1.95 eV and determine an ultrafast (50 fs) extraction of excited free carriers via the metal in contact with the SL MoS2. This process is of key importance for optoelectronic applications that rely on separated free carriers rather than excitons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5883-5887
Number of pages5
JournalNano Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sept 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • excitons
  • free carriers
  • MoS<inf>2</inf>
  • time- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy
  • Transition metal dichalcogenides

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