Spatially periodic structures with a long range period, referred to as moir’e pattern, can be obtained in van der Waals bilayers in the presence of a small stacking angle or of lattice mismatch between the monolayers. Theoretical predictions suggest that the resulting spatially periodic variation of the band structure modifies the optical properties of both intra and interlayer excitons of transition metal dichalcogenides heterostructures. Here, we report on the impact of the moir’e pattern formed in a MoSe$_2$/MoS$_2$ heterobilayer encapsulated in hexagonal boron nitride. The periodic in-plane potential results in a splitting of the MoSe$_2$ exciton and trion in both emission and absorption spectra. The observed energy difference between the split peaks is fully consistent with theoretical predictions.
Published : "arXiv Mesoscale and Nanoscale Physics".