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Nonlinear optics and the generation of surface plasmons in graphene

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Graphene has recently been proposed as next generation plasmonic material. However, due to the large mismatch in length scales between the wavelength of the surface plasmon and that of free space radiation, coupling is a problem. Here, we present recent optical wave-mixing measurements showing the excitation of surface plasmons in planar graphene [1]. A large enhancement of non-linear signal in regions of high density of states suggests a strong coupling to propagatin plasmons in graphene for a variety of in-plane wave-vectors. Estimates regarding the non-linearityof graphene and the efficiency of the nonlinear optical process are inferred from our experiment. These results demonstrate a promising route to efficient generation of surface plasmons in graphene using free-space radiation.

[1] Nature Physics 12, 124–127 (2016)

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