Exploring the properties and behaviors of strongly interacting quantum particles is without doubt one of the frontiers of recent physics. Not solely are there main open issues that await options, a few of them since many years (suppose high-temperature superconductivity). Equally necessary, there are numerous regimes of quantum many-body physics that stay primarily inaccessible with present analytical and numerical instruments. For these circumstances specifically, experimental platforms are wanted through which the interactions between particles may be each managed and tuned, thus permitting the systematic exploration of vast parameter ranges. One such experimental platform are rigorously engineered stacks of two-dimensional (2D) supplies. Over the previous couple of years, these ‘designer quantum supplies’ have enabled distinctive research of correlated digital states. Nevertheless, the power of the interplay between the quantum states is usually mounted as soon as a stack is fabricated. Now the group of Professor Ataç Imamoğlu on the Institute for Quantum Electronics experiences a method round this limitation. Writing in Science, they introduce a flexible technique that allows tuning of the interplay power in 2D heterostructures by making use of electrical fields.
Power in a twist
Two-dimensional supplies have been within the highlight of solid-state analysis ever for the reason that first profitable isolation and characterization of graphene—single layers of carbon atoms—in 2004. The sector expanded at breath-taking pace ever since, however obtained a notable increase three years in the past, when it was proven that two graphene layers organized at a small angle relative to 1 one other can host a broad vary of intriguing phenomena dominated by digital interactions.
Such ‘twisted bilayer’ techniques, often known as moiré constructions, have been subsequently created with different 2D supplies as properly, most notably with transition metallic dichalcogenides (TMDs). Final yr, the Imamoğlu group demonstrated that two single layers of the TMD materials molybdenum diselenide (MoSe2), separated by a single-layer barrier fabricated from hexagonal boron nitride (hBN), yield moiré constructions through which strongly correlated quantum states emerge. Along with purely digital states, these supplies additionally exhibit hybrid gentle–matter states, which finally allows finding out these heterostructure by optical spectroscopy—one thing that isn’t doable with graphene.
However for all of the fascinating many-body physics that these MoSe2/hBN/MoSe2 constructions present entry to, they share a downside with many different solid-state platforms: the important thing parameters are kind of mounted in fabrication. To vary that, the crew, led by postdocs Ido Schwartz and Yuya Shimazaki, now adopted a instrument that’s broadly utilized in experiments on a platform famed for its tunability, ultracold atomic quantum gasses.
Feshbach resonances go electrical
Schwartz, Shimazaki and their colleagues demonstrated that they’ll induce of their system a so-called Feshbach resonance. These permit, in essence, to tune the interplay power between quantum entities by bringing them into resonance with a sure state. Within the case explored by the ETH crew, these bounds states are between an exciton (created utilizing the optical transitions of their system) in a single layer and a gap within the different layer. It seems that when exciton and gap overlap spatially, then the latter can tunnel to the opposite layer and type an inter-layer exciton–gap ‘molecule’ (see the determine). Crucially, the related inter-layer interplay power of the exciton–gap interactions, may be readily modified utilizing electrical fields.
This electrical tunability of the binding power of the ‘Feshbach molecules’ is in distinction to atomic techniques, the place Feshbach resonances are sometimes managed with magnetic fields. Furthermore, the experiments by Schwartz, Shimazaki et al. yield the primary Feshbach resonances that happen in really 2D techniques, which is of curiosity in itself. Extra necessary, nonetheless, could be that the electrically tunable Feshbach resonances explored now in MoSe2/hBN/MoSe2 heterostructures must be a generic characteristic of bilayer techniques with coherent tunneling of electrons or holes. Because of this the newly launched ‘tuning knob’ would possibly turn into a flexible instrument for a broad vary of solid-state platforms based mostly on 2D supplies—opening up in flip intriguing views for the broader experimental exploration of quantum many-body techniques.
Ido Schwartz et al, Electrically tunable Feshbach resonances in twisted bilayer semiconductors, Science (2021). DOI: 10.1126/science.abj3831
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