We report on the dynamics of coherent phonons in semimetal 1T’−MoTe2 using femtosecond pump−probe spectroscopy. On an ultrafast sub−picosecond time scale at room temperature, a low frequency and long−lifetime shear phonon mode was observed at 0.39 THz, which was previously reported in the form of a characteristic phonon only in the low temperature Td − MoTe2 phase. Unlike the other optical phonon modes, the shear phonon mode was found to strongly couple with photoexcited carriers. Moreover, the amplitude of the shear mode surprisingly decreased with increasing excitation density, a phenomenon which can be attributed to be a consequence of the lattice temperature rising after excitation. These results provide useful physical information on ultrafast lattice symmetry switching between the normal semimetal 1T’ and the lattice inversion symmetry breaking Type−II Weyl semimetal Td phases.
|Publication status||Published - 2020 Feb 21|
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