Time-domain femtosecond laser spectroscopic measurements of the ultrafast lattice dynamics in 2H-MoTe2 bulk crystals were carried out to understand the carrier-phonon interactions that govern electronic transport properties. An unusually long lifetime coherent A1g phonon mode was observed even in the presence of very large density of photo-excited carriers at room temperature. The decay rate was observed to decrease with increasing excitation laser fluence. Based on the laser fluence dependence including the inducement of significant phonon softening and a peculiar decrease in phonon decay rate, we attribute the long lifetime lattice dynamics to weak anharmonic phonon-phonon coupling and a carrier-density-dependent deformation potential electron-phonon coupling.
Published in: "arXiv Material Science".