Interlayer Coupling and Ultrafast Hot Electron Transfer Dynamics in Metallic VSe2/Graphene van der Waals Heterostructures

Tae Gwan Park, Byoung Ki Choi, Junho Park, Jungdae Kim, Young Jun Chang, Fabian Rotermund

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Atomically thin vanadium diselenide (VSe2) is a two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenide exhibiting attractive properties due to its metallic 1T phase. With the recent development of methods to manufacture high-quality monolayer VSe2 on van der Waals materials, the outstanding properties of VSe2-based heterostructures have been widely studied for diverse applications. Dimensional reduction and interlayer coupling with a van der Waals substrate lead to its distinguishable characteristics from its bulk counterparts. However, only a few fundamental studies have investigated the interlayer coupling effects and hot electron transfer dynamics in VSe2 heterostructures. In this work, we reveal ultrafast and efficient interlayer hot electron transfer and interlayer coupling effects in VSe2/graphene heterostructures. Femtosecond time-resolved reflectivity measurements showed that hot electrons in VSe2 were transferred to graphene within a 100 fs time scale with high efficiency. Besides, coherent acoustic phonon dynamics indicated interlayer coupling in VSe2/graphene heterostructures and efficient thermal energy transfer to three-dimensional substrates. Our results provide valuable insights into the intriguing properties of metallic transition metal dichalcogenide heterostructures and motivate designing optoelectronic and photonic devices with tailored properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7756-7764
Number of pages9
JournalACS Nano
Issue number4
StatePublished - 27 Apr 2021


  • coherent acoustic phonons
  • graphene
  • interlayer charge transfer
  • ultrafast spectroscopy
  • van der Waals heterostructures
  • vanadium diselenide


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