Plasmon induced thermoelectric effect in graphene

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Title: Plasmon induced thermoelectric effect in graphene
Authors: Shautsova, V
Sidiropoulos, T
Xiao, X
Gusken, N
Black, N
Gilbertson, A
Maier, S
Cohen, L
Oulton, R
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Graphene has emerged as a promising material for optoelectronics due to its potential for ultrafast and broad-band photodetection. The photoresponse of graphene junctions is characterized by two competing photocurrent generation mechanisms: a conventional photovoltaic effect and a more dominant hot-carrier-assisted photothermoelectric (PTE) effect. The PTE effect is understood to rely on variations in the Seebeck coefficient through the graphene doping profile. A second PTE effect can occur across a homogeneous graphene channel in the presence of an electronic temperature gradient. Here, we study the latter effect facilitated by strongly localised plasmonic heating of graphene carriers in the presence of nanostructured electrical contacts resulting in electronic temperatures of the order of 2000 K. At certain conditions, the plasmon-induced PTE photocurrent contribution can be isolated. In this regime, the device effectively operates as a sensitive electronic thermometer and as such represents an enabling technology for development of hot carrier based plasmonic devices.
Issue Date: 5-Dec-2018
Date of Acceptance: 17-Sep-2018
ISSN: 2041-1723
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Journal / Book Title: Nature Communications
Volume: 9
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Sponsor/Funder: Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (E
Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Funder's Grant Number: EP/D063329/1
Keywords: MD Multidisciplinary
Publication Status: Published
Article Number: ARTN 5190
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Experimental Solid State
Faculty of Natural Sciences

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