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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2010
  • pp: 4564–4573

The Physics of ultrafast saturable absorption in graphene

Guichuan Xing, Hongchen Guo, Xinhai Zhang, Tze Chien Sum, and Cheng Hon Alfred Huan  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 5, pp. 4564-4573 (2010)

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The ultrafast saturable absorption in graphene is experimentally and theoretically investigated in the femtosecond (fs) time regime. This phenomenon is well-modeled with valence band depletion, conduction band filling and ultrafast intraband carrier thermalization. The latter is dominated by intraband carrier-carrier scattering with a scattering time of 8 ( ± 3) fs, which is far beyond the time resolution of other ultrafast techniques with hundred fs laser pulses. Our results strongly suggest that graphene is an excellent atomic layer saturable absorber.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials

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Original Manuscript: January 4, 2010
Revised Manuscript: February 9, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: February 9, 2010
Published: February 19, 2010

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Guichuan Xing, Hongchen Guo, Xinhai Zhang, Tze Chien Sum, and Cheng Hon Alfred Huan, "The Physics of ultrafast saturable absorption in graphene," Opt. Express 18, 4564-4573 (2010)

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