Enhanced Graphene Photodetector with Fractal Metasurface

Jieran Fang, Di Wang, Clayton T DeVault, Ting-Fung Chung, Yong P Chen, Alexandra Boltasseva, Vladimir M Shalaev, Alexander V Kildishev

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Graphene has been demonstrated to be a promising photodetection material because of its ultrabroadband optical absorption, compatibility with CMOS technology, and dynamic tunability in optical and electrical properties. However, being a single atomic layer thick, graphene has intrinsically small optical absorption, which hinders its incorporation with modern photodetecting systems. In this work, we propose a gold snowflake-like fractal metasurface design to realize broadband and polarization-insensitive plasmonic enhancement in graphene photodetector. We experimentally obtain an enhanced photovoltage from the fractal metasurface that is an order of magnitude greater than that generated at a plain gold-graphene edge and such an enhancement in the photovoltage sustains over the entire visible spectrum. We also observed a relatively constant photoresponse with respect to polarization angles of incident light, as a result of the combination of two orthogonally oriented concentric hexagonal fractal geometries in one metasurface.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNano letters
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)57–62
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Photodetector
  • fractal metasurface
  • graphene
  • plasmonics

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Fang, J., Wang, D., DeVault, C. T., Chung, T-F., Chen, Y. P., Boltasseva, A., Shalaev, V. M., & Kildishev, A. V. (2017). Enhanced Graphene Photodetector with Fractal Metasurface. Nano letters, 17(1), 57–62. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b03202