New graphene-like particle discovered
The atomically thin semiconductors consisted of a two-dimensional layer of molybdenum and sulfur atoms arranged similar to graphene.
In a breakthrough, researchers led by an Indian-origin scientist have discovered half-light, half-matter particles in atomically thin semiconductors made of a 2D layer of atoms.
The research improves prospects of developing computing and communication technologies based on quantum properties of light and matter. The atomically thin semiconductors consisted of a two-dimensional layer of molybdenum and sulfur atoms arranged similar to graphene.
Researchers from City College of New York led by Vinod Menon sandwiched the 2D material in a light trapping structure to realize the composite quantum particles.
"Besides being a fundamental breakthrough, this opens up the possibility of making devices which take benefits of both light and matter," said Menon. For example, one can start envisioning logic gates and signal processors that take on best of light and matter. The discovery is also expected to contribute to developing practical platforms for quantum computing.