An Approach to 2D Photodetectors - Absorption of Bloch Surface Waves Using Nanometric Thin Graphene Layers.
A dielectric multilayer platform has been investigated as a foundation for two-dimensional optics. In this paper, we present, to the best of our knowledge, the first experimental demonstration of absorption of Bloch surface waves in the presence of graphene layers. Graphene layers have been grown previously via CVD on Cu foils and transferred layer by layer by PMMA-wet transfer method. We exploit total internal reflection configuration and multi-heterodyne scanning near-field optical microscopy as a far-field coupling method and near-field characterization tool, respectively. The absorption is quantified in terms of propagation lengths of Bloch surface waves. A significant drop (about 17 times shorter) in the propagation length of surface waves is observed in the presence of single layer of graphene.
Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1801.06986