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Anisotropic moiré optical transitions in twisted monolayer/bilayer phosphorene heterostructures.

  • Author(s): Zhao, Shilong
  • Wang, Erqing
  • Üzer, Ebru Alime
  • Guo, Shuaifei
  • Qi, Ruishi
  • Tan, Junyang
  • Watanabe, Kenji
  • Taniguchi, Takashi
  • Nilges, Tom
  • Gao, Peng
  • Zhang, Yuanbo
  • Cheng, Hui-Ming
  • Liu, Bilu
  • Zou, Xiaolong
  • Wang, Feng
  • et al.

Moiré superlattices of van der Waals heterostructures provide a powerful way to engineer electronic structures of two-dimensional materials. Many novel quantum phenomena have emerged in graphene and transition metal dichalcogenide moiré systems. Twisted phosphorene offers another attractive system to explore moiré physics because phosphorene features an anisotropic rectangular lattice, different from isotropic hexagonal lattices previously reported. Here we report emerging anisotropic moiré optical transitions in twisted monolayer/bilayer phosphorenes. The optical resonances in phosphorene moiré superlattice depend sensitively on twist angle and are completely different from those in the constitute monolayer and bilayer phosphorene even for a twist angle as large as 19°. Our calculations reveal that the Γ-point direct bandgap and the rectangular lattice of phosphorene give rise to the remarkably strong moiré physics in large-twist-angle phosphorene heterostructures. This work highlights fresh opportunities to explore moiré physics in phosphorene and other van der Waals heterostructures with different lattice configurations.

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