Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Abstract-Giant Terahertz-Wave Absorption by Monolayer Graphene in a Total Internal Reflection Geometry

ACS Photonics, Just Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.6b00663
Publication Date (Web): December 12, 2016
Copyright © 2016 American Chemical Society

We experimentally demonstrated significant enhancement of terahertz-wave absorption in monolayer graphene by simply sandwiching monolayer graphene between two dielectric media in a total internal reflection geometry. In going through this structure, the evanescent wave of the incident terahertz beam interacts with the sandwiched graphene layer multiple (up to four) times at varying incidence angles. We observed extremely large attenuation (up to ~70% per reflection), especially for s-polarized radiation. The experimental results are quantitatively consistent with our calculations, where we modeled the experiment as an electromagnetic wave reflection process in monolayer graphene. We also derived analytical expressions for the absorptance, showing that the absorptance is proportional to the amount of Joule heating on the graphene surface induced by the terahertz radiation.

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