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Monday, June 19, 2017
Abstract-Infrared Topological Plasmons in Graphene
Dafei Jin, Thomas Christensen, Marin Soljačić, Nicholas X. Fang, Ling Lu, and Xiang Zhang
Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 245301 – Published 16 June 2017
We propose a two-dimensional plasmonic platform—periodically patterned monolayer graphene—which hosts topological one-way edge states operable up to infrared frequencies. We classify the band topology of this plasmonic system under time-reversal-symmetry breaking induced by a static magnetic field. At finite doping, the system supports topologically nontrivial band gaps with mid-gap frequencies up to tens of terahertz. By the bulk-edge correspondence, these band gaps host topologically protected one-way edge plasmons, which are immune to backscattering from structural defects and subject only to intrinsic material and radiation loss. Our findings reveal a promising approach to engineer topologically robust chiral plasmonic devices and demonstrate a realistic example of high-frequency topological edge states.