Tunable and broadband coherent perfect absorbers with nonlinear and amplification performance based on asymmetric bifacial graphene metasurfaces

Tianjing Guo, Christos Argyropoulos

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Abstract

We present an asymmetric bifacial graphene metasurface to realize tunable and broadband coherent perfect absorption (CPA) at terahertz (THz) frequencies. The proposed design is composed of two dissimilar graphene square patch metasurfaces stacked over an ultrathin dielectric substrate. Nonlinear CPA performance without resorting to optical nonlinearities and amplification are demonstrated based on wave interference phenomena taking place along and inside this subwavelength structure. Broadband asymmetric reflection from opposite directions is obtained in the case of single wave illumination. This response acts as a precursor to the presented tunable and broadband nonlinear CPA performance and the inverse response to absorption, i.e. amplification, when an additional input wave coherently interacts with the opposite propagating incident wave. The proposed ultrathin broadband CPA device is expected to be a vital component to several new on-chip THz communication devices, such as optical modulators, sensors, photodetectors, and all-optical small-signal amplifiers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number084003
JournalJournal of Optics (United Kingdom)
Volume22
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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