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Graphene–semiconductor heterojunction sheds light on emerging photovoltaics

2019-03-21T02:37:00+00:00March 21st, 2019|Categories: Publications|Tags: |

Graphene–semiconductor heterojunction sheds light on emerging photovoltaicsGraphene–semiconductor heterojunction sheds light on emerging photovoltaics, Published online: 20 March 2019; doi:10.1038/s41566-019-0391-9Graphene-on-bulk semiconductors may enable new directions for ultrathin optoelectronics and photovoltaics.

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A 90-nm-thick graphene metamaterial for strong and extremely broadband absorption of unpolarized light

2019-03-18T18:33:53+00:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Publications|Tags: |

A 90-nm-thick graphene metamaterial for strong and extremely broadband absorption of unpolarized lightA 90-nm-thick graphene metamaterial for strong and extremely broadband absorption of unpolarized light, Published online: 18 March 2019; doi:10.1038/s41566-019-0389-3Eighty-five per cent absorptivity of unpolarized light over the wavelength range 300–2,500 nm is realized in a 90-nm-thick, 12.5 cm2 metamaterial.

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Anisotropic structural dynamics of monolayer crystals revealed by femtosecond surface X-ray scattering

2019-03-11T16:37:17+00:00March 11th, 2019|Categories: Publications|Tags: , |

Anisotropic structural dynamics of monolayer crystals revealed by femtosecond surface X-ray scatteringAnisotropic structural dynamics of monolayer crystals revealed by femtosecond surface X-ray scattering, Published online: 11 March 2019; doi:10.1038/s41566-019-0387-5Electron–phonon coupling in a monolayer WSe2 on a substrate is investigated by femtosecond surface X-ray scattering. Counterintuitively, the absorbed optical photon energy is dominantly coupled to the in-plane lattice vibrations within 1 ps.

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Electron–hole liquid in a van der Waals heterostructure photocell at room temperature

2019-02-04T16:42:26+00:00February 4th, 2019|Categories: Publications|Tags: , |

Electron–hole liquid in a van der Waals heterostructure photocell at room temperatureElectron–hole liquid in a van der Waals heterostructure photocell at room temperature, Published online: 04 February 2019; doi:10.1038/s41566-019-0349-yPhotoexcited charge carriers are typically approximated as a gas, but now it is shown that electrons and holes can behave as a liquid in MoTe2 photocells.

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Polarization switching and electrical control of interlayer excitons in two-dimensional van der Waals heterostructures

2018-12-31T18:33:22+00:00December 31st, 2018|Categories: Publications|Tags: |

Polarization switching and electrical control of interlayer excitons in two-dimensional van der Waals heterostructuresPolarization switching and electrical control of interlayer excitons in two-dimensional van der Waals heterostructures, Published online: 31 December 2018; doi:10.1038/s41566-018-0325-yA device capable of inverting the polarization of light by efficient control of interlayer excitons in a van der Waals heterostructure is demonstrated, representing an important step towards implementing logic operations in valleytronics.

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Accurate characterization of next-generation thin-film photodetectors

2018-12-14T16:33:02+00:00December 14th, 2018|Categories: Publications|

Accurate characterization of next-generation thin-film photodetectorsAccurate characterization of next-generation thin-film photodetectors, Published online: 14 December 2018; doi:10.1038/s41566-018-0288-zThe performance of photodetectors fabricated from emerging semiconductors such as perovskites, quantum dots, two-dimensional materials or organics, for example, can be prone to misinterpretation. This Comment exposes the problems and proposes some guidelines for accurate characterization.

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Author Correction: Gate-tunable third-order nonlinear optical response of massless Dirac fermions in graphene

2018-09-07T16:33:04+00:00September 7th, 2018|Categories: Publications|Tags: |

Author Correction: Gate-tunable third-order nonlinear optical response of massless Dirac fermions in grapheneAuthor Correction: Gate-tunable third-order nonlinear optical response of massless Dirac fermions in graphene, Published online: 07 September 2018; doi:10.1038/s41566-018-0258-5Author Correction: Gate-tunable third-order nonlinear optical response of massless Dirac fermions in graphene

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Polarization-resolved black phosphorus/molybdenum disulfide mid-wave infrared photodiodes with high detectivity at room temperature

2018-08-27T16:33:24+00:00August 27th, 2018|Categories: Publications|Tags: , |

Polarization-resolved black phosphorus/molybdenum disulfide mid-wave infrared photodiodes with high detectivity at room temperaturePolarization-resolved black phosphorus/molybdenum disulfide mid-wave infrared photodiodes with high detectivity at room temperature, Published online: 27 August 2018; doi:10.1038/s41566-018-0239-8Black phosphorus/molybdenum disulfide mid-wave infrared photodiodes with external quantum efficiencies of 35% across 2.5–3.5 μm at room temperature and a peak detectivity of 1.1 × 1010 cm Hz1/2 W–1 at 3.8 μm are demonstrated.

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Light–valley interactions in 2D semiconductors

2018-07-27T16:34:23+00:00July 27th, 2018|Categories: Publications|

Light–valley interactions in 2D semiconductorsLight–valley interactions in 2D semiconductors, Published online: 27 July 2018; doi:10.1038/s41566-018-0204-6Valleytronics in single-layer semiconductors is reviewed with an emphasis on controlling the valley degree of freedom with light as well as potential applications.

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Electrically tuned nonlinearity

2018-06-28T16:33:26+00:00June 28th, 2018|Categories: Publications|Tags: |

Electrically tuned nonlinearityElectrically tuned nonlinearity, Published online: 28 June 2018; doi:10.1038/s41566-018-0201-9The demonstration of broadband, electrically tunable third-order nonlinear optical responses in graphene is promising for a host of nonlinear optical applications.

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Control of semiconductor emitter frequency by increasing polariton momenta

2018-06-04T18:36:44+00:00June 4th, 2018|Categories: Publications|Tags: |

Control of semiconductor emitter frequency by increasing polariton momentaControl of semiconductor emitter frequency by increasing polariton momenta, Published online: 04 June 2018; doi:10.1038/s41566-018-0176-6While modifications of emission and absorption rates are commonplace in photonics, similar manipulations of emitter transition frequencies are challenging. Here, 2D polaritons in graphene are predicted to enable non-vertical electronic transitions in a quantum well, controlling the transition frequencies by inducing an effective non-locality.

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Gate-tunable third-order nonlinear optical response of massless Dirac fermions in graphene

2018-05-21T16:31:29+00:00May 21st, 2018|Categories: Publications|Tags: |

Gate-tunable third-order nonlinear optical response of massless Dirac fermions in grapheneGate-tunable third-order nonlinear optical response of massless Dirac fermions in graphene, Published online: 21 May 2018; doi:10.1038/s41566-018-0175-7Third-harmonic generation and four-wave mixing of light can be enhanced in graphene with gate tuning to adjust the doping level. The findings may lead to new graphene-based nonlinear optoelectronic devices.

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Silicon Mie resonators for highly directional light emission from monolayer MoS<sub>2</sub>

2018-04-23T16:30:04+00:00April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Publications|Tags: |

Silicon Mie resonators for highly directional light emission from monolayer MoS2Silicon Mie resonators for highly directional light emission from monolayer MoS<sub>2</sub>, Published online: 23 April 2018; doi:10.1038/s41566-018-0155-yBased on a modified Mie scattering theory, several pathways to achieve control over the directionality, polarization state and spectral emission that rely on a coherent coupling of an emitting dipole in monolayer MoS2 to optical resonances of a silicon nanowire are reported.

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Terahertz surprises

2018-02-26T16:30:20+00:00February 26th, 2018|Categories: Publications|Tags: |

Terahertz surprisesTerahertz surprises, Published online: 26 February 2018; doi:10.1038/s41566-018-0115-6The observation of terahertz nonlinearities in graphene and quantum wells and the emission of terahertz waves from water show that terahertz science is still a fertile area of research that is full of surprises.

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Telecom meets terahertz

2017-12-22T18:30:04+00:00December 22nd, 2017|Categories: Publications|Tags: |

Telecom meets terahertzTelecom meets terahertz, Published online: 22 December 2017; doi:10.1038/s41566-017-0073-4Excitation and gate tuning of terahertz plasmons in dual-layer graphene integrated into on-chip telecom photonic waveguides using infrared lasers has now been demonstrated. This may open the door to atomically thick optoelectronic devices for security, tomography or data processing.

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Broadband gate-tunable terahertz plasmons in graphene heterostructures

2017-12-11T18:31:14+00:00December 11th, 2017|Categories: Publications|Tags: , |

Broadband gate-tunable terahertz plasmons in graphene heterostructuresBroadband gate-tunable terahertz plasmons in graphene heterostructures, Published online: 11 December 2017; doi:10.1038/s41566-017-0054-7An all-optical difference frequency process is exploited to generate terahertz graphene plasmons that are tunable over an octave.

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Chalcogenide glass-on-graphene photonics

2017-10-30T16:29:19+00:00October 30th, 2017|Categories: Publications|Tags: |

Chalcogenide glass-on-graphene photonicsNature Photonics, Published online: 30 October 2017; doi:10.1038/s41566-017-0033-zExploiting the peculiar properties of graphene, a series of high-performance glass-on-graphene devices, such as polarizers, thermo-optic switches and mid-infrared waveguide-integrated photodetectors and modulators are realized.

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Valley-addressable polaritons in atomically thin semiconductors

2017-08-01T04:29:34+00:00August 1st, 2017|Categories: Publications|Tags: |

Nature Photonics 11, 497 (2017). doi:10.1038/nphoton.2017.125 Authors: S. Dufferwiel, T. P. Lyons, D. D. Solnyshkov, A. A. P. Trichet, F. Withers, S. Schwarz, G. Malpuech, J. M. Smith, K. S. Novoselov, M. S. Skolnick, D. N. Krizhanovskii & A. I. Tartakovskii The locking of the electron spin to the valley degree of freedom in transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) monolayers has seen these materials emerge as a promising platform in valleytronics. When embedded in optical microcavities, the large oscillator strengths of excitonic transitions in TMDs allow the formation of polaritons that are part-light part-matter quasiparticles. Here, we report that polaritons in MoSe2 show an efficient retention of the valley pseudospin contrasting them with excitons and trions in this material. We find that the degree of the valley pseudospin retention is dependent on the photon, exciton and trion fractions in the polariton states. This allows us to conclude that in the polaritonic regime, cavity-modified exciton relaxation inhibits loss of the valley pseudospin. The valley-addressable exciton-polaritons and trion-polaritons presented here offer robust valley-polarized states with the potential for valleytronic devices based on TMDs embedded in photonic structures and valley-dependent nonlinear polariton–polariton interactions.

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Optical control of room-temperature valley polaritons

2017-08-01T04:29:35+00:00August 1st, 2017|Categories: Publications|

Nature Photonics 11, 491 (2017). doi:10.1038/nphoton.2017.121 Authors: Zheng Sun, Jie Gu, Areg Ghazaryan, Zav Shotan, Christopher R. Considine, Michael Dollar, Biswanath Chakraborty, Xiaoze Liu, Pouyan Ghaemi, Stéphane Kéna-Cohen & Vinod M. Menon The formation of half-light half-matter quasiparticles under strong coupling results in properties unique from those of the constituent components. Fingerprints of both light and matter are imprinted on the new quasiparticles, called polaritons. In the context of two-dimensional (2D) materials, this opens up the possibility of exploiting the intriguing spin–valley physics of a bare semiconductor combined with the light mass of the photonic component for possible quantum technologies. Specifically, the valley degree of freedom, which remained largely unexplored until the advent of these materials, is highly attractive in this context as it provides an optically accessible route for the control and manipulation of electron spin. Here, we report the observation of room-temperature strongly coupled light–matter quasiparticles that are valley polarized because of the coupling of photons with specific helicity to excitons that occupy quantum mechanically distinct valleys in momentum space. The realization of valley polaritons in 2D semiconductor microcavities presents the first step towards engineering valley-polaritonic devices.

Published in: "Nature Photonics".

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