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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 10 — May. 20, 2013
  • pp: 11618–11627

Strong enhancement of light absorption and highly directive thermal emission in graphene

Mingbo Pu, Po Chen, Yanqin Wang, Zeyu Zhao, Changtao Wang, Cheng Huang, Chenggang Hu, and Xiangang Luo  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 10, pp. 11618-11627 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.011618


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Abstract

Graphene is a two-dimensional material with exotic electronic, optical and thermal properties. The optical absorption in monolayer graphene is limited by the fine structure constant α. Here we demonstrated the strong enhancement of light absorption and thermal radiation in homogeneous graphene. Numerical simulations show that the light absorbance can be controlled from near zero to 100% by tuning the Fermi energy. Moreover, a set of periodically located absorption peaks is observed at near grazing incidence. Based on this unique property, highly directive comb-like thermal radiation at near-infrared frequencies is demonstrated.

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OCIS Codes
(310.3915) Thin films : Metallic, opaque, and absorbing coatings
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials
(290.6815) Scattering : Thermal emission

ToC Category:
Materials

History
Original Manuscript: January 25, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 19, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 1, 2013
Published: May 6, 2013

Citation
Mingbo Pu, Po Chen, Yanqin Wang, Zeyu Zhao, Changtao Wang, Cheng Huang, Chenggang Hu, and Xiangang Luo, "Strong enhancement of light absorption and highly directive thermal emission in graphene," Opt. Express 21, 11618-11627 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-10-11618


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