Spin accumulation and dynamics in Inversion-Symmetric van der Waals crystals

M.H. Diniz Guimaraes, B. Koopmans

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Inversion-symmetric materials are forbidden to show an overall spin texture in their band structure in the presence of time-reversal symmetry. However, in van der Waals materials which lack inversion symmetry within a single layer, it has been proposed that a layer-dependent spin texture can arise leading to a coupled spin-layer degree of freedom. Here we use time-resolved Kerr rotation in inversion-symmetric WSe2 and MoSe2 bulk crystals to study this spin-layer polarization and unveil its dynamics. Our measurements show that the spin-layer relaxation time in WSe2 is limited by phonon scattering at high temperatures and that the interlayer hopping can be tuned by a small in-plane magnetic field at low temperatures, enhancing the relaxation rates. We find a significantly lower lifetime for MoSe2 which agrees with theoretical expectations of a spin-layer polarization stabilized by the larger spin-orbit coupling in WSe2.
Original languageEnglish
Article number266801
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2018


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