Ab Initio Modeling of Plasmons in Metal-Semiconductor Bilayer Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Heterostructure

Israel Journal of Chemistry , (2017)

Ab Initio Modeling of Plasmons in Metal-Semiconductor Bilayer Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Heterostructure

Huseyin Sener Sen, Lede Xian, Felipe Homrich da Jornada, Steven Louie, Angel Rubio

Two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) have attracted enormous interest due to the richness of their optical and electronic properties. Here, we consider two prototypical two-dimensional TMD metal-semiconductor bilayer heterostructures, VSe2-MoSe2 and VSe2-WSe2, and investigate the effect of the semiconducting layer on the plasmons supported by the metallic layer using first principles time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT). We focus on the flat regime of the plasmon dispersion where momentum transfer is larger than 0.05 Å-1 and the interband transitions gain importance. With the addition of the semiconducting layer, we show that the electronic band structure undergoes significant changes close to the Fermi level and hybridization occurs, which leads to strengthening of the interband transitions and a significant red-shift in the plasmon energy.

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