The Coulomb interaction in van der Waals heterostructures

  • Le Huang
  • MianZeng Zhong
  • HuiXiong Deng
  • Bo Li
  • ZhongMing Wei
  • JingBo LiEmail author
  • SuHuai WeiEmail author


The giant Stark effect (GSE) in a set of van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures is studied using first-principles methods. A straightforward model based on quasi-Fermi levels is proposed to describe the influence of an external perpendicular electric field on both band gap and band edges. Although a general linear GSE is observed, which is induced by the almost linear variation of the band edges of each layer in the heterostructures, when vdW heterostructures is subjected to small electric fields the variation becomes nonlinear. This can be attributed to the band offsets-induced interlayer charge transfer and resulted intraand inter-layer Coulomb interactions. Our work, thus offers new insight into the mechanism of the nonlinear GSE in vdW heterostructures, which is important for the applications of vdW heterostructures on nanoelectronic devices.


van der Waals heterostructures gaint Stark effect Coulomb interaction charge transfer 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Materials and EnergyGuangdong University of TechnologyGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Superlattices and Microstructures, Institute of SemiconductorsUniversity of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Beijing Computational Science Research CenterBeijingChina
  4. 4.Department of Applied Physics, School of Physics and ElectronicsHunan UniversityChangshaChina

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