Nonlinear light mixing by graphene plasmons

Dmytro Kundys, Ben Van Duppen, Owen P. Marshall, Francisco Rodriguez, Iacopo Torre, Andrea Tomadin, Marco Polini, Alexander N. Grigorenko

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Graphene is known to possess strong optical nonlinearity. Its nonlinear response can be further enhanced by graphene plasmons. Here, we report a novel nonlinear electro-absorption effect observed in nanostructured graphene due to excitation of graphene plasmons. We experimentally detect and theoretically explain enhanced nonlinear mixing of near-infrared and mid-infrared light in arrays of graphene nanoribbons. Strong compression of light by graphene plasmons implies that the effect is non-local in nature and orders of magnitude larger than the conventional local graphene nonlinearity. The effect can be used in variety of applications including nonlinear light modulators, light multiplexors, light logic, and sensing devices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)282–287
Number of pages6
JournalNano Letters
Issue number1
Early online date11 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2018


  • cond-mat.mes-hall
  • physics.optics


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