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The impact of valley profile on the mobility and Kerr rotation of transition metal dichalcogenides

Thibault Sohier1*, Pedro M. M. C. de Melo2*, Zeila Zanolli2*, Matthieu Jean Verstraete3*

1 Laboratoire Charles Coulomb (L2C), Université de Montpellier, CNRS, Montpellier, France

2 Chemistry Department, Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science, Condensed Matter and Interfaces, Utrecht University, PO Box 80.000, 3508 TA Utrecht, The Netherlands

3 nanomat/Q-mat/CESAM and Department of Physics, Université de Liège, B-4000 Sart Tilman, Liège, Belgium

* Corresponding authors emails: thibault.sohier@umontpellier.fr, p.m.monteirocamposdemelo@uu.nl, z.zanolli@uu.nl, Matthieu.Verstraete@uliege.be
DOI10.24435/materialscloud:er-mz [version v1]

Publication date: Dec 22, 2022

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Thibault Sohier, Pedro M. M. C. de Melo, Zeila Zanolli, Matthieu Jean Verstraete, The impact of valley profile on the mobility and Kerr rotation of transition metal dichalcogenides, Materials Cloud Archive 2022.178 (2022), doi: 10.24435/materialscloud:er-mz.


The transport and optical properties of semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides around room temperature are dictated by electron-phonon scattering mechanisms within a complex, spin-textured and multi-valley electronic landscape. The relative positions of the valleys are critical, yet they are sensitive to external parameters and very difficult to determine directly. We propose a first-principles model as a function of valley positions to calculate carrier mobility and Kerr rotation angles, and apply it to MoS₂, WS₂, MoSe₂, and WSe₂. The model brings valuable insights, as well as quantitative predictions of macroscopic properties for a wide range of carrier density. The doping-dependant mobility displays a characteristic peak, the height depending on the position of the valleys. In parallel, the Kerr rotation signal is enhanced when same spin-valleys are aligned, and quenched when opposite spin-valleys are populated. We provide guidelines to optimize and correlate these quantities with respect to experimental parameters, as well as the theoretical support for in situ characterization of the valley positions. The dataset contains the necessary data, a jupyter notebook, a supporting python library, and a small app with a simple user interface to reproduce the results.

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2D materials electron-phonon coupling transport Kerr angle

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2022.178 (version v1) [This version] Dec 22, 2022 DOI10.24435/materialscloud:er-mz