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Mechanism of optoelectronic switch, operating on surface plasmon-polaritons in monolayer graphene
Yuliy Bludov, Mikhail Vasilevskiy, Nuno Peres

Last modified: 2012-01-03


It is shown that one can explore the optical conductivity of graphene, together with the ability of controlling its electronic density by an applied gate voltage, in order to achieve resonant coupling between an external electromagnetic radiation and surface plasmon-polaritons in the graphene layer. This opens the possibility of electrical control of the intensity of light reflected inside a prism placed on top of the graphene layer, by switching between the regimes of total reflection and total absorption. The predicted effect can be used to build graphene-based optoelectronic switches.


surface polariton; graphene